The Special Olympics State Basketball championships held in Rockford on Friday, March 19 and Saturday, March 20 brought thousands of people to Rockford and may become an annual event.
Kimberly Purdy, Public Relations Director, Special Olympics Michigan commented, “The City of Rockford, Rockford Public Schools and the Heart of Rockford Business Association opened their hearts, arms and doors to the Special Olympics Michigan 2011 State Basketball Finals. We are grateful for the warm reception that our athletes, family members, coaches, chaperones and volunteers received. Our event brought more than 1,000 athletes, coaches, chaperones and volunteers from all over Michigan to Rockford. It was a very successful event thanks to the Rockford community and to the Grand Rapids Jaycees, celebrating their 30th year as host organization! Rockford students opened doors for athletes and their families. Rockford provided complimentary shuttle transportation for our athlete delegations and family members between the schools as well as to downtown. Volunteers even handed out welcome packets containing coupons, gifts and treats for those in attendance. Community members attended Opening Ceremonies and competition to show support for our athletes! We really appreciate everything that members of the Rockford community did to make our athletes and family members feel right at home.” Lois Arnold, President & CEO, Special Olympics Michigan, said, “I met the Rockford mayor and Rockford school superintendent who
welcomed us warmly and graciously. Everywhere I went everyone was so friendly and welcoming. Thank you to the Rockford for community for making the State Basketball Finals so special.”