WOODS CROSS – The Woods Cross boys’ basketball team may be in the hunt for a playoff spot, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t willing to have some fun with its own fan base.
Last Saturday at Woods Cross High School, the Wildcats held a special needs basketball game that was all about having fun for its special needs fans.
It’s the first of its kind at Woods Cross High School, and was put together by boys’ basketball coach Kasey Walkenhurst.
Walkenhurst, now in his second full year at Woods Cross as the boys’ basketball coach, previously held similar events at West Jordan High School.
The day started with morning practice drills for each of the participants, and included tips from several Wildcats players on free-throw shooting, dribbling, and lay-up drills, among other things.
The participant’s new-found skills were put to the test afterward, participating in a full 32-minute basketball game that had players Xequille Harry and Luke Jowers as coaches.
“We handed them one of our player practice jerseys so they could be true Wildcats while they were playing in the game,” Walkenhurst said. “When one of them made a shot you knew it because the fans and the players would be cheering pretty loud.”
After the first half ended, Garret Grant dazzled the audience in the slam dunk contest.
Grant won with a reverse slam dunk, and Walkenhurst said Grant’s dunk “got the kids cheering really loud.”
The game itself ended in a tie, and all the participants received a Wildcats basketball T-shirt afterward.
“This will become an every year thing,” Walkenhurst said.