GVSU students turn class project into unique experience


ALLENDALE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The Fieldhouse Complex at Grand Valley State University is hosting a unique event Tuesday night.

A one-of-a-kind basketball game will give Special Olympics athletes an experience like they’ve never had before: the Rally with the Rapids for Special Olympics.

Megan Belke is one of the students in a GVSU sports facility and management class. The junior has seen the group’s semester-long work of gathering teams, pulling sponsors and exciting the community, culminating to Tuesday night’s event.

“We would like to give them the best experience they possibly can have and we would like the fans to be extremely excited and make it a real-life scenario; because it is, a real-life scenario,” Belke said.

The 7 p.m. game at GVSU’s Fieldhouse Complex in Allendale is free. The Special Olympics Area 12 team from Ferris State University will take on the Special Olympics Area 5 team who are primarily from the GVSU area.

But Belke says it’s not about the rivalry, and more about the teams playing in front of family and fans with a goal of raising community awareness for Special Olympics, and the athletes making an impact.

There will be in-game promotions and ways to donate to help the class reach their $5,000 goal, which will be donated back to Special Olympics Michigan.

For those who can’t attend but would like to give, you can donate to the event’s GoFundMe page.

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