NORTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College women's basketball team will host a Heller's Angels Day event on Saturday, January 13 inside Emerson Gymnasium when the Lyons play Mount Holyoke College in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) matchup at 1 p.m.
Wheaton will continue to celebrate its relationship with the Heller's Angels, Attleboro's largest Special Olympics group, with several activities throughout the day including a halftime game played by the Heller's Angels and a raffle drawing. T-shirts designed specifically for the women's basketball team and the Heller's Angels will also be available for purchase.
Raffle tickets and t-shirts will be available for purchase on Saturday throughout the Lyons contest against Mount Holyoke with all proceeds going to Special Olympics.
Heller's Angels provides year-round sports training, athletic competition and other health-related programming for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Founded in 2003, Heller's Angels began with seven athletes competing in track and field events. The team has since expanded to include over 100 athletes competing in seven sports over five seasons.
Wheaton's relationship with the Heller's Angels has spanned more than eight years. The partnership between both teams has been recognized twice by the NCAA and also by the Connecticut Sun of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). Wheaton has won the NCAA Division III Spotlight Poll the last three seasons for their work with the Heller's Angels.
The NCAA Division III Special Olympics Spotlight Poll is a story-telling initiative located on ncaa.org/D3SpecialOlympics. It features three new stories per month – each highlighting a Division III and Special Olympics joint activity or event.
Wheaton (6-8, 1-4 NEWMAC) and Mount Holyoke (0-12, 0-6 NEWMAC) meet for the first time this season. Last season Wheaton earned two wins over Mount Holyoke, defeating them 62-39 at home, before earning a 70-334 road victory.