Family readies for Special Olympics

SYCAMORE — For Alex Sendelbach, Special Olympics has been part of his family since 2012 and his varsity basketball team is headed to state competitions.

Alex, 17, who celebrated his birthday Tuesday, has a mitochondrial disease which causes developmental delays, Laura Sendelbach, Alex’s mother, said. He is a sophomore attending Mohawk High School in the M.H. class.

“Special Olympics has been such a fun thing for Alex and our family to be involved in,” Laura said. “We have met some amazing people. Everybody is very proud of the basketball team and excited to cheer them on at the state tournament in Bowling Green.”

Alex’s varsity basketball team, with 13 players this year, are headed to the state tournament Friday.

Laura said there is to be a fundraiser for the team, which is part of the Wyandot County Special Olympics, 4-9 p.m. Monday at Buffalo Wild Wings, 100 Shaffer Park Drive, Tiffin. The restaurant is to donate 15 percent of proceeds from that time to Wyandot County Special Olympics.

“We are trying to make it similar to the sports talk nights that WTTF hosts for all the local schools,” Laura said. “We will have door prizes and a 50/50 raffle.”

Laura said they also are designing the event like a pep rally for the team as they prepare to go to state.

“Mohawk has been amazingly supportive of our team, also, and will have cheerleaders and band members at BW3,” she said.

The door prizes and pep rally events are to take place 6:30-8:30 p.m.