KU football team holds clinic for Special Olympics, Inclusion Connections

04/05/2014 2:55 PM

04/05/2014 2:55 PM

The Kansas football team took a break from its spring schedule on Saturday, holding a clinic for participants from the Special Olympics and Inclusion Connections organizations.

It was the second straight year that KU held the clinic in the springtime, and its a personal project for Kansas coach Charlie Weis, whose daughter, Hannah, is afflicted with a rare epilepsy syndrome electrical status epilepticus during slow wave sleep.

The event was held in conjunction with the Weis familys Hannah and Friends organization, which has branched off into Hannah and Jayhawk Friends, a student organization at KU.

This gives us an opportunity to teach our players how to get involved with community service, Weis said. When we did it last year, there was only a handful that (were) involved in community service. Now a lot more of them have gotten integrated into community service.

Kansas players took the field at the Jayhawks indoor practice facility and ran through drills with the participants for more than an hour. By the end, Weis believed his players had gained more from the experience than the Special Olympians.

I think they were intimidated by the special needs community, and I think that, as we described to them, you just got to go with the flow, Weis said. Theres a wide range of abilities that all the participants have and you have to figure out how to go with it.