Tulsa 66ers Host Special Olympics Fundraiser

January 22, 2007 - NBA G League (G League) - Tulsa 66ers News Release

TULSA, Okla., January 22, 2007 - The Tulsa 66ers are on a mission for the Special Olympics to raise money to help provide year-round sports training and athletic competitions in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

"The Tulsa 66ers, in part with the D-League Cares program, are excited and hopeful that basketball fans around Green Country will come out to support the Special Olympics athletes," said Tulsa 66ers team president Joe Berry.

The Tulsa 66ers will be giving proceeds from tickets sold to the Special Olympics Oklahoma. Fans who purchase a $13 ticket - normally priced at $20 - to the 66ers upcoming home game against the Sioux Falls Skyforce on Friday, January 26 at 7 p.m., will be providing Special Olympics athletes the opportunity to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

The 66ers are donating $3 from each $13 ticket toward the fundraiser. Fans should call Kurte Kihle at the Tulsa 66ers office at (918) 749-5701 to purchase a ticket and help Special Olympics Oklahoma provide training for life.

The first 2,066 fans on Friday night will receive a Special Olympics bracelet, courtesy of Special Olympics Oklahoma and Sonic Drive Ins. Members of Team Tulsa and Broken Arrow Challengers Special Olympics teams will perform an exhibition basketball game during halftime.

"We are very excited about this event and partnering with the 66ers," said Special Olympics Oklahoma development director Derek Cain. "Our athletes, coaches, parents and supporters describe this as a significant event for our athletes to be included in."

About D-League Cares:

NBA D-League Cares is the league's social responsibility initiative that builds on the NBA's long tradition of addressing important social issues with an emphasis that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes in the United States and around the world. Through NBA Cares, the league, players and teams will raise and contribute $100 million for charity, donate more than 1 million hours of hands-on volunteer service to communities worldwide, and build more than 100 places where kids and families can live, learn and play over the next five years. For more information on NBA Cares please visit

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