16th November 2017
The East Midlands regional Special Olympics basketball team was set up by coach Roger Sharpe who's been coaching for 28 years. He's 73 years old and set up the team back in 1989 in Leicester along with current Captain of the team Mark Richards who's 46.
Roger was inspired to set up the team after working in a school with students with intellectual disabilities.
In the same team is experienced Special Olympics athlete Andrew Mugginson who's 47 years old and was a student of Rogers in 1981. He only joined the basketball team in a switch from swimming after his transport links were cut to the pool he trained in 12 miles away. His first games were back in 1986 where he won his first of many medals in breaststroke.
Also despite only joining the basketball team around a year ago and currently recovering from a gall bladder operation, fellow teammate Robert Gray has come to support his team, showing the true ethos of the games.
In the photo from left to right,
Robert, Mark, Roger and Andrew.