Anaheim Arsenal Support 2007 Special Olympics Summer Games
Long Beach, CA. June 20, 2007- This past weekend Orange County's NBA Development League Team, the Anaheim Arsenal, volunteered their time to the many athletes participating in the Special Olympics on the campus of California State University of Long Beach (CSULB).
The Anaheim Arsenal was one of the many sponsors present at CSULB's Expo Park. Anaheim Arsenal's head coach Reggie Geary and player Jamaal Thomas could be found throughout the campus signing autographs and spending time with the athletes. Jamaal spent most of his time inside the Long Beach State basketball stadium, the Pyramid playing with athletes, cheering them on, and entertaining them with high flying slam dunks.
When asked about having the support of the Arsenal franchise at the Special Olympics Meera Gandhi (coach of the Lady Lakewood Aliens basketball team) explained, "It seriously made their day having the Arsenal staff and Jamaal here at the Special Olympics."
Following the weekend's events, Jamaal Thomas said that, "I really enjoyed watching the athletes play. Those athletes show you that nothing in life is impossible. We can learn a lot from them about life, sportsmanship, and about ourselves."
Shulmith (Shu) Muthyala (Account Executive of ticket sales) also volunteered as a referee during the basketball games. Shu said about his involvement with the Games, "I feel lucky and privileged to have been able to help out with the Special Olympics. I know that our team will be involved in every Summer Games the Special Olympics holds in the years to come."
Jeff Jones, President of the Arsenal made it out to Summer Games to cheer on the athletes and commented that, "We had a great time on Friday at the opening ceremony. It was a wonderful event. I thought it was great to see the unselfish play and sportsmanship of all the athletes competing this weekend. I came away from the event with some great friendships and everyone here at the Arsenal was inspired by the athletes."
The D-League continues to develop talent from across all disciplines for the NBA's 30 teams and the entire NBA umbrella. In addition to the assignment of 24 players to D-League affiliates, there have also been 22 GATORADE Call-Ups from the D-League to the NBA this past season. Additionally, every referee hired by the NBA since 2002 has worked in the D-League, while coaches, athletic trainers and front office executives are also being developed.
Designed to help grow the sport of basketball both domestically and internationally, the D-League also offers fun, family entertainment at affordable prices. For additional information on the NBA Development League, visit D-LEAGUE.com.
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