WATCH: Basketball events to benefit Special Olympics Illinois

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — Jackie Mendoza and Jason Hodges sat down to discuss a couple basketball events to help benefit the Special Olympics.

Mendoza spoke about their Jan. 21 Basketball Skills competition to help athletes build on the fundamental techniques needed to move onto full-fledged basketball teams.

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Hodges coaches the TNT Firecrackers team, which is currently comprised of 64 athletes. They will face off against the Effingham County Lightning Special Olympics team on Jan. 27 at Mahomet-Seymour High School. The game will take place in between the school’s Girls Junior Varsity and Varsity games. Hodges clarified that the Junior Varsity game begins at 1 p.m., for time reference on when the Firecrackers-Lightning game will be.

Following the game, the girls basketball teams will be fundraising for the Firecrackers through a spaghetti dinner. The dinner will last from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. the same day (Jan. 27). Tickets may be bought at the door for $20 for adults and $10 for students.

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