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Thanks for the assistance

Willie Ressler, Minot

On behalf of Special Olympics North Dakota, thank you to the city of Minot for hosting the 2020 State Basketball Tournament. The Minot community played a significant role in providing over 60 games for 49 teams comprised of more than 430 athletes from across North Dakota a chance to showcase their ability and determination to succeed.

The athletes’ achievements were supported by more than 100 volunteer coaches and close to 250 days of event volunteers from Minot, Minot State University Student Athletes, Minot Air Force Base Personnel, Minot High School Student Athletes and Bishop Ryan students who volunteered their time and expertise to help make this a unique and special basketball tournament.

On behalf of Special Olympics North Dakota, I would like to thank the following facilities for allowing Special Olympics to use them that weekend: Bishop Ryan Catholic School, Minot Public School (Jim Hill & Magic City Campus), Minot State University Dome and Swain Hall. Also, the many businesses API of Bakken, Bearscat Bakehouse, Bishop Ryan, City of Minot Employees, Coca-Cola, Cole Paper, First International Bank & Trust, Longhorn Steakhouse, Lowe’s Printing, Marketplace Foods, Morelli’s Distribution Inc, Moose Lodge, North Hill Bowl, Panera Bread, Qdoba Mexican Grill, Town & Country Credit Union, Verendrye Electric Cooperative and Visit Minot that gave donations for the tournament.

Thank you also to the following groups for all their donated time; 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, First International Bank & Trust, Magic City Lions Club, Minot Air Force Base, Minot Chamber of Commerce Red Coats, Minot Fire Department, Minot Police Department, Minot State University Special Olympics College Club, Monday Night Bible Study Group from Our Lady of Grace, North Dakota National Guard, Pathfinders, REACT (Communications/Medical Services), Souris Valley Senior Men’s Golf Wednesday Morning Members, Target and Ward County Sheriff Department.

I would also like to thank the following individuals: Terry Auch, Col. Catherine Barrington, Paul Bauer, Denny Berglof, Chuck Berntsen, Kevin Bohl, Gary Bornson, Mike Bossie, Daniel Bower, Dan Brekke, Rick Fahrenbacher, Rich Feldner, Mike Gessner, Jerry Gooch, Drew Hanson, Rick Hedberg, Dan Holwegner, Chris Jones (Executive Director ND Department of Human Services), John Karhoff, Ken Kostad, Denise Larson, Heather Lima, Dick Limke, Larry Louser, Kelly Matalka, Minot State University Dome Custodial Staff, Leonard & Gloria Neiss, Father Jadyn Nelson, Paul Nitsch, Jack Nybakken, Ashton Roberts, Eric Schaeffer, Stephanie Schoenrock, Tom Schrader, Dr Steven Shirley, Shaun Sipma, Cameron Stone, Jim Tschetter, Brooke Vanzomeren, Ken Vetter, Mark Vollmer, DuWayne Walz, Bernie Wasser, Janet Wing and Harvey Wittmayer for their time and energy.

Again, thanks to everyone that enabled these athletes to experience this year’s program theme, “Power Through Sport.”

Ressler is the tournament director.

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