Saints and UNO Men’s basketball, team up with the Special Olympics

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HARAHAN, La. (WGNO) -- Colonial bowling hosted some great athletes Sunday. Special Olympics of Louisiana and the UNO basketball team have bowled together for the last 5 years.

"It's one of our biggest partners, and this is one of the biggest events that we're a part of with them with annually," said UNO Men's basketball coach, Mark Slessinger. "Over 22 teams and over 200 people are here to help raise money and awareness for the Special Olympics of Louisiana."

Also showing their support were some members of the New Orleans Saints, Gumbo the dog, Sir Saint, and the Kenner police department.

"Local law enforcement is a long time supporter of Louisiana Special Olympics, we think it's a worthy cause that generates money and activity for the athletes to participate in activities throughout the year. Without these fundraisers Louisiana Special Olympics would struggle to raise money to give the athletes extracurricular things to do other than attending school classes," said Kenner Chief of Police Michael Glaser.

"It's so important for our guys, they've made such great friendships and relationships with the athletes over the last 5 years. To see these athletes compete at a high level and support them in every way we can is so important to us on a daily basis," remarked Slessinger.

Throughout the year, there are several other ways you can show your support for the Special Olympics of Louisiana. Metro New Orleans has the largest torch run, a 3 mile run to generate money for the Special Olympics that happens every may, so if you're looking for a way to donate your time to their cause you too can get involved.

Find out how through the Special Olympics of Louisiana. 

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