Special Olympics Team Takes on ROHS Hockey Players in Basketball Scrimmage
In what’s become a traditional matchup, local Special Olympics basketball team, the Hotshots, took on the Royal Oak High School Ravens varsity hockey team in a friendly scrimmage and skills competition at the Boys & Girls Club of South Oakland County on Sunday morning.
The Ravens, led by senior captains Seth Schuit and Trey Sobolewski, were enthused and competitive, even though basketball isn’t their primary sport.
The Hotshots, with a refreshed roster that includes brand new players to the game, were eager to test their skills prior to their first tournament on Jan. 26 at Waterford Mott High School.
The teams scrimmaged, then held two skills competitions. The first was shooting three-pointers from various positions around the circle. The second was a trick shot of their choice. This included some very creative inventions including doing a somersault on the court and shooting blindfolded.
The event was filled with laughter and good-natured bantering.
The Hotshots and their coaches will all be wearing a uniform patch to commemorate their teammate Robbie Ellwood, who passed away unexpected last winter at age 24.
“We really miss Robbie,” said Hotshots power forward Brett Wagner. “But we know he’s with us. He’ll always be part of our team.”