For 16 years, the Cal Poly women's basketball team has volunteered for the Special Olympics basketball tournament. It has been an important part of the team's commitment to community involvement. This year, more than 200 athletes participated in the San Luis Obispo County Special Olympics Basketball Bonanza. The Mustangs worked with athletes from ages 7 to adult made up of teams from Ventura to Atascadero.
"The world of basketball has such a cool way of connecting athletes," said Faith Mimnaugh, who is in her 15th season as the Cal Poly women's basketball head coach. "Every year our players get an opportunity to interact with hundreds of Special Olympians through the Basketball Bonanza. Sharing the passion for the game and the joy of competition with the Special Olympic athletes serves as a refreshing reminder to all involved why we love this game."
Junior forward Kayla Griffin enjoyed the day saying, "It is important to give back to the community that supports us. Our team got a chance to meet some incredible people and had fun giving back."