BCHS raises funds for Special Olympics Indiana


Junior Edreece Redmond and senior Sam Fu participate in a bowling tournament with Special Olympics Indiana. Photo courtesy of Edreece Redmond.

Belle deCastro, Opinions Editor

Special Olympics Indiana is an organization that provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with disabilities. As a chosen member of the IHSAA Student Advisory, junior Edreece Redmond is very involved with Special Olympics Indiana.

Redmond described Special Olympics’ purpose as “giving these individuals opportunities to develop physical fitness, experience joy and participate in sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.”

As part of his commitment to the IHSAA Student Advisory, Redmond has an expectation to raise $3,000 for Special Olympics. After raising the money, BCHS will receive a banner to hang in the gym.

This Saturday, March 23, BCHS will be hosting a three on three basketball tournament. There is a $30 entry fee for each team, and all raised funds will go to Special Olympics Indiana. Redmond said, “It is a cool fundraiser to get students involved and to raise money for Special Olympics Indiana. It should be really fun.”

Redmond hopes to raise at least $400 from the tournament. Another fundraisers that contributed to the $3000 goal were the couple of mini games during halftime of the varsity basketball games. Fans from the crowd were encouraged to donate a dollar to shoot three-point shots to get the chance to win a two-liter bottle of soda.

The Special Olympics bowling tournament was Sunday, March 10 and several BCHS students participated, bowling for a fun night.

Still short of the goal, Redmond is working with BCHS to plan more fundraisers. In the future, Redmond said, “We are going to do a charity spirit day, our unified bowling team is asking for donations, and we are doing a dining for dollars at the Chipotle in Broad Ripple April 23.”