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Make the Point for Special Olympics

Fifty-two people made the point for Special Olympics at New Richmond High School on Nov. 3.

"Make The Point for Special Olympics" is a new national fund-raising effort done to benefit Special Olympics this year. More than $2,400 was raised in the New Richmond effort, one of the highest totals in the state.

New Richmond was one of 11 school districts in the state that took part in the event. Girls basketball coach Eric Russell coordinated the effort in New Richmond.

A total of 52 people took part in the New Richmond effort. The effort was divided into six teams, each led by a senior member of the Tiger girls basketball team. Each team shot free throws at a basket in the high school gym for four hours. Of the 52 people involved, 20 were members of the high school girls basketball program.

The program was originally planned to take pledges based on free throw shots. Russell amended the idea to have flat fees raised on the idea of shooting for four hours. At least 30 of the local fund-raisers earned T-shirts by raising $50 or more in donations.

Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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