Northeast Tarrant

Special Olympians beat Grapevine, Colleyville police in charity basketball game

It was a shootout to remember when Grapevine-Colleyville school district and its Special Olympics parent group hosted a Feb. 24 charity game against Colleyville and Grapevine police to support GCISD Special Olympics.

In the first Triple Threat Shoot Out, Special Olympic athletes competed at Grapevine High School before a crowd of about 2,000 spectators. The Olympians won, 42-18.

The event, which featured raffles for prizes such as hotel stays and restaurant gift cards, raised more than $4,400, much more than anticipated. Admission was $1. T-shirts and bracelets were available for purchase.

Referee Harry Hunter put Colleyville’s Sgt. Kevin Walling “in jail” for a personal foul not long after the game started. Once he was released from jail, he had to serve time on the bench.

Time out was called during the game and donuts were served to the officers to give them a break.

The Grapevine Dove Elementary School Dove Dynamic Drummers performed a halftime show. Matt Carnes with the Grapevine Rotary Club was the game’s announcer.

Kristy Weller, the mother of 22-year-old Olympian Meagan, who is in the transition program at Grapevine High School, came up with the idea because a similar event was held in Missouri when she lived there.

Meagan Weller, whose Olympic specialties are bowling, track and field, basketball and swimming, was elated by the victory.

“We schooled the police,” Meagan said.