Timberwolves team up with Prince George Special Olympics basketball

PRINCE GEORGE, BC – This weekend the men’s and women’s basketball teams host the MacEwan University Griffins in a double-header Friday and Saturday at the Northern Sport Centre, but this is not the only thing going on. The Timberwolves have also teamed up with the Special Olympics Prince George basketball team to help raise awareness for the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign.
The men and women’s basketball teams take on Canada West newcomers the MacEwan University Griffins Friday and Saturday evening. The men have split the four game series 1-1 so far, while the Griffins lead the Twolves 2-0 in their series.
For the men this weekend could be crucial in keeping them in a playoff position. The Twolves will look to sweep the Griffins, which would put them at 9-7 in the Explorer Division making it difficult for Mount Royal or the Griffins to catch them and bump them out of third place.
Last week the Prince George Special Olympics basketball team was invited up to practice with the UNBC men’s team. The players ran drills and scrimmaged with the men's players while receiving instruction from head coach Todd Jordan. They even helped the team design a new play to add to the playbook. This was all in preparation for Friday, January 30 when the Prince George Special Olympics basketball team would take the court at half time of the men’s game. There will also be an information table set-up to help promote the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign.
The Spread the Word to End the Word campaign is an annual awareness effort geared towards raising awareness about the dehumanizing and hurtful effects of the R-word and encouraging people to pledge to stop using the R-word. The official day is the first Wednesday of March, which will be March 4th this year. If you would like to get involved in the movement you can visit www.r-word.org or join the conversation on twitter. Tweet @EndTheWord or @sobcsociety with your pledge and stories.
The women will take the court at 6 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday while the men tip off at 8 p.m. on Friday and 7 p.m. on Saturday evening. All games can be viewed live at canadawest.tv

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