Battle of the Badges fundraiser set for Carroll Special Olympics


Submitted photos Hunter Harris carries the torch at Virginia Tech on Feb 21. Carroll County Special Olympics will host its own version of March Madness on Saturday, March 26 at Carroll County Middle School with a fundraiser scrimmage between members of area law enforcement.


Brett Petty of Carroll County Special Olympics drives at Pulaski on March 5.


Chandler Cochran of Carroll County Special Olympics shoots during the Roanoke College at Salem tournament on March 13.


Special Olympics VA-Carroll County will host its own version of March Madness on Saturday, March 26 at Carroll County Middle School.

Beginning at 10 a.m., several local law enforcement agencies will battle it out on the court. Members of these departments have scrimmaged Carroll County Special Olympics many times in the past few years during regular season, but this is the first time they have come together postseason to do a fundraiser benefiting the year-round activities of the team.

If you came to watch Carroll County Special Olympics play in the Classic back in January, to watch them play at Virginia Tech or Pulaski or Roanoke College at Salem in tournaments during the last four weeks, or if you just know an athlete on the team, you will really enjoy watching this event. This is a double-elimination tournament run solely by Carroll County Special Olympics, with lunch and refreshments for sale in the lobby by team members. Admission to watch the games is free to the public, with donations accepted at the door.

Carroll County Special Olympics combines with law enforcement each June for the Law Enforcement Torch Run, but this event is not connected with the LETR. The photos with this article show some of the fun the team has had recently, all made possible by the tremendous support of our community. There are 72 current active members on Carroll County Special Olympics, from age 8 to 68, from all over Carroll County (and even a few from Galax, Grayson County, and Wythe County). Please come join them on March 26 at any time between 10 a.m. and approximately 3 p.m. at CCMS as they cheer on these men and women in law enforcement that are generously giving up their time to help the team!

Additionally, Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department will have a special presentation of its Honor Color Guard and Krista Neely will sing the National Anthem at 10 a.m. to kick off the opening ceremony.

Submitted photos Hunter Harris carries the torch at Virginia Tech on Feb 21. Carroll County Special Olympics will host its own version of March Madness on Saturday, March 26 at Carroll County Middle School with a fundraiser scrimmage between members of area law enforcement.
http://thecarrollnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_Virginia-Tech-Feb-21-Hunter-torch.jpgSubmitted photos Hunter Harris carries the torch at Virginia Tech on Feb 21. Carroll County Special Olympics will host its own version of March Madness on Saturday, March 26 at Carroll County Middle School with a fundraiser scrimmage between members of area law enforcement.

Brett Petty of Carroll County Special Olympics drives at Pulaski on March 5.
http://thecarrollnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_Pulaski-March-5-Brett-shoots.jpgBrett Petty of Carroll County Special Olympics drives at Pulaski on March 5.

Chandler Cochran of Carroll County Special Olympics shoots during the Roanoke College at Salem tournament on March 13.
http://thecarrollnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_Roanoke-March-13-Chandler-shoots.jpgChandler Cochran of Carroll County Special Olympics shoots during the Roanoke College at Salem tournament on March 13.
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