Softball Pairs Up With Special Olympics
September 18, 2005

NORMAN, Okla. The Oklahoma softball team hosted seven high-school and college-aged kids from the Enid division of the Special Olympics at the OU Softball Complex Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.  The Sooners were helping the squad from Enid prepare for its Special Olympics softball competitions that will be held during the summer of 2006.

“We were really excited to allow them the opportunity to train at our facility and give them a great college setting,” head coach Patty Gasso said.  “Our athletes love to have the opportunity to share their knowledge of the game with others who are interested in it as well.”

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Through the two-day event, members of the OU softball squad shared their field with the Enid crew while also sharing batting tips, fielding balls and teaching all aspects of the game of softball.
“It’s such a great opportunity for us to hang out with them,” OU junior second baseman Stacia Aleman said.  “I think it makes us realize how fortunate we are to be able to play at the University of Oklahoma and all of the amazing opportunities we have.  We all had a great time with them this weekend.”

“I believe this benefits our team as much as it did them,” Gasso said.  “Our girls really enjoyed the opportunity and will want to do it again.”

Oklahoma begins its fall season this week as it hosts the annual OU Fall Festival next Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24-25, at the OU Softball Complex.  Oklahoma will play a doubleheader against Southern Nazarene and Washburn Saturday with the first game against SNU slated for 2:15 p.m.  Sunday’s action will feature another back-to-back day with OU taking on Eastern at 2:30 p.m. and meeting Northwest Oklahoma State at 4:30 p.m.

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