Hiram Men's Basketball Empower Youth Through the Game of Basketball

Hiram Men's Basketball Empower Youth Through the Game of Basketball
HIRAM, Ohio- With basketball season drawing near, the Hiram College men's basketball teamed up with the children of Hattie Larlham and Empower Sports to have some preseason fun. 
 
The team met first with the athletes of Empower Sports a "nonprofit organization committed to providing sports and exercise programs for children and adults with various physical and cognitive disabilities." 
 
Through a couple games of basketball, the athletes got a chance to get to know each other. 
 
Head coach Chris Kibler said, "Our evening with Empower Sports is always an exciting & fun event. Hopefully, they can come out and attend a game this winter and we will return in the spring or summer to spend a few more hours with them. Our guys really enjoy the energy and excitement the Empower Athletes bring to our get-togethers. Seeing many returning faces is always special because we all pick up right where we left off." 
 
Next, they traveled to Hattie Larlham which creates opportunities for 1,800 Northeast and Central Ohio children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 
 
The student-athletes got a chance to play games, interact, and connect with the Hattie Larhlam residents. 
 
"Our annual trip to Hattie Larlham is always a special trip. We go annually right before practices begin," commented coach Kibler. "Interacting with the residents at Hattie Larlham gives us a special perspective on life. It's an evening that enhances our team's bond and reminds us to keep our priorities of what really matters in life and how much we have to be thankful for."  
 
The men's basketball team kick off their season Saturday, Nov. 18 at 7:00 p.m against the St. Vincent Bearcats. 
 
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