MARYSVILLE — All got to play Feb. 5.
During the Marysville Getchell girls basketball game against Stanwood, Eagles Wings Ministries put on a halftime basketball scrimmage, featuring adults with special needs.
They played on the court with MG’s football team and band members as other participants cheered along the baselines with the cheerleaders.
MG’s cheer coach Ashley Bayha sought to put on the event knowing Wings’ executive director Kinder Smoots for years. It was Bayha’s first time putting on the event, but was pleased how it turned out.
“I think it was really great. The football players were a huge help. I think they really enjoyed participating in the event,” Bayha said.
Cheerleaders who helped host the event were also happy to help.
“They think we’re like the Seagals. They see us as like actresses,” junior cheerleader Katie King said. “I’m just really happy to see them smile; it puts a smile on my face.”
The crowd wasn’t disappointed either.
“It’s great, it makes them feel important,” said Chris Black, who was one of the caregivers there. “Anytime you can get a community activity like this, it builds their self-esteem, which doesn’t happen often. It was a good thing to have them do.”