February 28, the Big Lake Hornets hosted the Monticello Mavericks in a special halftime event. During halftime at the Big Lake Hornets Vs. Monticello Magic varsity boys basketball game, the Mavericks, a Special Olympics team serving the Big Lake/Monticello community.
The team consists of 32 athletes with disabilities who play in full court, unified full court, and half court events. They were excited to show off their skills at the game to an appreciative crowd.
“The event was amazing as the crowd cheered wildly with every basket made,” said Mike Miesen of the Mavericks team. “Big thanks goes out to Big Lake Schools, Teresa Smock-Potter, and Thomas Critchley for organizing and planning the halftime event. Monticello Magic was also instrumental in supporting this event and our athletes.”
The Mavericks have been around for 16 years with around 200 participating athletes, ages 8 to adult, with intellectual disabilities. Besides basketball, the Mavericks have teams in swimming, track and field, bocce ball, softball, golf, bowling, and snowshoeing. The swimming and basketball seasons recently started, and the athletes are ready for a great season. The regional basketball competition will be held at STMA High School April 15, and the regional swimming competition will be at St. John’s University April 16. The team invites anyone to come and show their support for their local team.
Individuals, and their families, looking to join the team can send an email to MonticelloMavericks08@gmail.com. Alternatively, anyone looking to volunteer is also invited to reach out.