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Special Olympics – time for softball!

Special Olympics – time for softball!

Hello Special Olympics Sports Fans! The next few articles will focus on sports available during our spring/summer season.

Softball takes place at Hackett Park Tuesdays from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm and is coached by Randy Younghusband. The team is now dubbed “The Ravens”.

On Saturday, May 2nd, the Coquitlam Tigers came over for a double header with the Sunshine Coast Ravens at Kinnickinick Park where they played two wonderful games of softball in the warm sunshine, under blue skies.

During the first game, The Ravens showed dominance, with a four-point lead using dynamic homeruns and excellent pitching. There were some great outs at 1st base as well.

After the first game both teams came together for hot dogs and hamburgers served by wonderful volunteers. Then they gathered for team photos, smiling for the many snapshots.

The second game again showed the Ravens power and will to succeed. At one point, one athlete’s hit ran three players home. Just by watching the two games I truly believe, that The Ravens are more than prepared for their upcoming tourney in Port Coquitlam. Can you say, champions?

Sunshine Coast Special Olympics are thankful to the Tigers for coming out to spend a day playing great softball on a great sunny day.

Special Olympics Sunshine Coast athletes are always in need of funding for uniforms, gear & travelling to meets and tourneys. One of the ways we do this is to hold raffles.

This year our raffle has the following prizes to offer:

1. Canucks hockey stick autographed by H. Sedin – donated by Special Olympics BC

2.  Double bed quilt – donated by SC Quilters Guild

3. Tranquilty Mat – donated by Seasoned Kitchen, Gibsons

4. Daniel Sedin Jersey, Large – donated by Port Moody Dance Studio

5. Coast Gravity Park Single Day Pass for 2 people – donated by Coast Gravity Park

The draw date for this raffle is June 20th at our Volunteer Appreciation Banquet.

Tickets are $5.00 each and are available at Sunshine Coast Council for Community Living at 5711 Mermaid St. in Sechelt, and at the snack bar in the Gibsons community centre. They will also to be available from individual athletes and coaches.

If you are interested in purchasing or helping to sell any of these raffle tickets, please contact Pat Stuart at or at 604-886-2098.

To find out more please visit our website:

By Special Olympics columnist Mike Oswald


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