All-inclusive basketball program planned at Malvern

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By Thomas Clapper

CCM Reporter

Malvern Village Council met with Teresa and Devin Swisher at its April 15 meeting to discuss a summer basketball program at Malvern Village Park. 

The Swishers said this would be the second year doing this and last year was a success for what they wanted to do. They came to the meeting with a date and wanted to talk to Council about what they are doing and seek permission to use the park basketball court for this purpose. 

“It was actually Devin’s idea to create this camp for something to do and keep up his skills and work with friends,” said Teresa.  

This is a program that welcomes anybody, both developmentally disabled and able bodied.

“Our goal is for everyone to play together because a lot of DD and able bodied people don’t seem to interact much,” said Swisher. “Last year we had anywhere from four to ten players and it went great. Some people who came to use the court played with us for fun.”

“This is a wonderful thing,” said Village Administrator Derik Kaltenbaugh. “We just wanted to know what is going on because the village department could set up a sign to reserve the basketball court for you every Saturday morning.” 

Councilman Tom Holmes strongly recommended having some sort of insurance or liability to protect themselves. Swisher said she will look into some. 

“This is an awesome program,” said Holmes. “I have been a coach and involved in kids sports for years and I recommend to cover yourselves make sure you look into some insurance or liability. God forbid anyone trips or hits their head on the ground.”

The Summer Basketball Program is set for every Saturday starting May 11, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.  at the Malvern Village Park basketball court. All ages and skill levels are welcome. 

The purpose is to increase basketball skills while improving acceptance of all people regardless of differences. For any questions call Swisher at 304-481-2843. The group is seeking volunteers and accepting donations of healthy drinks. This program is not associated with Carroll County Board of Developmental Disabilities or Special Olympics.

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