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Unique basketball game raises money for Special Olympics

MARSHFIELD (WAOW) - A fundraiser basketball game on Friday night pitted Special Olympics athletes against Marshfield Police officers.

The crowd in the Marshfield High School gym rallied as the athletes and officers showed off their best basketball skills.

"I think it shows no matter who you are you can have fun and you can have a good time and everybody deserves that," said Marshfield Police officer Jamie Kizer.

The athletes came ready to play and win.

"I'm pumped," said Josh Follen, a Special Olympics athlete.

"When it comes down to crunch time, I rarely make mistakes," said Anthony Lancaster, who also played on the Special Olympics team.

The teams faced off to raise money and awareness for Marshfield Area Special Olympics. Event organizers say all the money raised through concessions and door donations will help buy athletes uniforms and equipment for other competitions throughout the year.

The officers were happy to help athletes raise funds.

"It's just fun. It's fun rubbing elbows with these athletes," said Kizer.

Organizers say this event is important for the athletes.

"It's good to get them out. They can make more friends, interact with everybody," said Randy Follen, Marshfield Area Special Olympics agency manager.

"It's important that I have people like me and all that get out and enjoy special olympics and meet people and meet everybody and become friends and all that," said Josh Follen.

"It keeps me energetic, it keeps me going," said Lancaster.

The Special Olympics athletes took it to the hoop, beating the officers 47-37.

Event organizers say they raised more than $2,000 in cash donations. All of that will go to Marshfield Area Special Olympics.

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