Purdue University football players lead Special Olympics flag football clinic

21 Purdue football players volunteered their afternoon to train Special Olympics athletes in Tippecanoe County.

Posted: Jul 13, 2019 7:44 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Purdue University has partnered with Special Olympics Indiana to host its third annual Football Clinic.

On Saturday, 21 Purdue football players volunteered their afternoon to train Special Olympics athletes.

The athletes rotated through five stations practicing different football techniques.

This program started as a way to keep the Olympians active in between competitions, now it's grown into something more valuable the athletes.

“Special Olympics is not just like a friendship, it's a whole family so we have so much opportunity to open up,” said Carlos Crawford, Special Olympics Flag Football Wide receiver and Softball player.

Tippecanoe County Special Olympics Coach Chris Phillips said his athletes, as well as the football players, take something away.

“They've really gone above and beyond this year and I've gotten to know a few of them with doing some of the other clinics and things and they're really just excited to be here,” said Coach Phillips. “They've told me on the side that they love it and a lot of the kids, they recognize.”

This year marks the 50th anniversary for Special Olympics Indiana. You can find information on the upcoming Special Olympics events here.

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