No More Sidelines is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing children and young adults with special needs an opportunity to play sports and participate in various community events.
“We spent the first hour doing some skill and drill work, then we divided into four teams and played round-robin games,” said Lakers’ varsity boys coach Bill Core.
“Then we had pizza and drinks together in the commons afterward. It was a win-win situation for everybody involved.
“To see the hugs, the high-5s, the smiles,” Core said. “There were a couple little girls who hooked up with some of our girls, and a couple guys had their buddies for the day. The smiles were non-stop for two ours on their kids and our kids.
“It was great. We didn’t have to say a word. The kids just knew what to do.”
No More Sidelines makes stops at several West Michigan schools. The group will be at Grand Haven High School on Sunday, Feb. 12 from 5-7 p.m., and will also visit Holton, Muskegon, Mason County and Muskegon Community College.
The group’s major fundraiser, the “Set the Stage” dance, will be held on March 3 from 5 p.m. until midnight in Muskegon. For more information, call Sherri Forner at (231) 766-2948, or visit www.nomoresidelines.org.