The Kansas Jayhawks capped off their twelfth consecutive Big 12 regular season championship this past weekend and are excited as they look towards the conference tournament later this week. It’s been a tiring season for them so far, but the top team in the nation got sit back enjoy life on Sunday.
They did so while getting to appreciate the little things when they welcomed in more than 100 Special Olympians for the 32nd annual Wilt Chamberlain Special Olympics Clinic at Allen Fieldhouse Sunday afternoon. It was a chance for them to get a chance to experience what they would see at the actual event later this summer as well as meeting the Jayhawks.
“This clinic is not a have-to, this is a want-to,” Kansas head coach Bill Self explained. “I told our team after the game yesterday, ‘let’s kind of forget about ball for a day.’ Our returners get so excited for this event and they tell our newcomers how much fun this. This is a good day for us.”
This clinic was started by former Kansas head coach Larry Brown in 1984 and later renamed by former Kansas superstar Wilt Chamberlain after he left money in his will to help sustain the program.
Ten teams from all over the country participated in the event and it was certainly a great time for everyone involved.
“This is awesome,” KU junior Landen Lucas said. “I’ve been doing it for a couple years now and each year it never gets old. We learn so much from seeing these Olympians. Everyone is so happy to be here, and it is encouraging for us because it gives us an emotional burst of energy.”
*Featured Photo (above) credit to KU Athletics