Summer Madness in Westchester raises money for Special Olympics
Matt Sedlacek and Jeanne DeCarlo during the Summer Madness event.
Updated: October 7, 2012 6:16AM
Westchester — More than 40 boys from fifth through eighth grade gathered at St. Joseph High School Aug.18 to play basketball and raise funds for the Special Olympics.
The day started with a skills training clinic hosted GenePingatore, head coach of St. Joseph High School; Gary DeCesare, head coach of St. Rita High School; Brian Rahilly, former NBA player and head coach of Cascia Hall in Oklahoma; Marlon London, former Kansas and DePaul player and St. Joseph coach; Dan Herbeck, assistant varsity head coach at Riverside Brookfield High School; and Roy Ramos, head coach of Buckeye basketball program and coach at St. Joseph High School.
The boys learned offensive, defensive and dribbling skills to get them prepared for the afternoon 4 on 4 tournament.
A special visit from a local World Special Olympics athlete, Jeanne DeCarlo of Westchester, capped the morning festivities. DeCarlo shared her story of traveling to Greece to compete and win a gold medal in swimming at the World Special Olympic games in 2011. Her message of training hard, persisting through obstacles and trying your best was well received by the audience.
The day ended with an exciting overtime thriller for the 7th/8th grade boys division. The training clinic and tournament raised $1,000 for the Special Olympics and was run by the local AAU Buckeye Basketball team, directed and coached by Roy Ramos.