Capstone Basketball Tournament fundraiser event scheduled for April 5

A Senior Capstone Basketball Tournament is scheduled for April 5 at the Winters High School Gym.
Courtesy photo Back row (L-R): Kevin Brown and Marin Spalding. Seated (L-R): Evan Barnett, Alyvia Baylor, Jose Sanchez and Micheal Kiefer.

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On Friday, April 5 at 6 p.m. the Winters High School Warriors will be playing Team Davis Special Olympics at the WHS gym. This event is a two game tournament and senior capstone benefiting special needs students at Winters High as well as special Olympians through Team Davis. Admission is free, although donations will be greatly appreciated at the door. Buckhorn tri-tip sandwiches and baked goods will be available for purchase, along with T-shirts highlighting the event. At the end of these two games, athletes will be given medals for their hard work. This event will be MC’d by DJ Troy Barnett. Team Davis is a non-profit organization and completely run by volunteers. “Seeing the ability in disability” is their motto. These athletes give their all in each game of the sports they love.  They hold sporting events as well as social, recreational and educational activities. These activities build physical strength, motor skills and provide a valuable sense of camaraderie among the team. Team Davis opens their events to participants around Yolo County. These are hard working athletes as well as dedicated students. CBI offers beneficial field trips to special needs students field trips that build skills they will use for their future. These trips help the students learn more about their community and provide much needed life skills that can not be taught in a classroom. This event is important because it gives opportunity for WHS special needs students to be more involved in their school and feel included in their school environment. Student Marin Spalding said, ”Growing up with an autistic brother has made me have a heart for these kind of people. My brother has inspired me because with all of his challenges and struggles he gives his all and he never gives up. He is also an extremely positive person and has a smile on his face every day. Because of him I got involved with Team Davis and I absolutely loved the environment and the support they provide to families that have a loved one living with a disability. You see these athletes working hard and having fun, but also they are extremely positive and they don’t let their disability get in the way.” Senior Aaron Barnett has a similar situation to Spalding. His twin brother is autistic and is currently a senior at WHS and is in the life skills class. Senior Kevin Brown has a family member with a physical disability. These students want to give back to a cause that hits home to them and why they chose this capstone project. Those unable to attend can still make a donation to this senior capstone. Contact Spalding at for more information. Donations are tax deductible through the Winters All Sports Boosters Club, which is sponsoring Spalding, Brown and Barnett with their capstone project. ]]>

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