On March 25, Bio-Ball, a wildly popular Special Olympics Massachusetts fundraiser, raised $305,000, up from 2016’s $260,000.
For the past decade, Faber has been lead sponsor for the event, during which biotech professionals join Special Olympians for a day of spirited basketball. Held at the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, this year’s tournament attracted more than 600 attendees.
Teams consisted of dual lineups, joining players from 16 local biotech firms with area Special Olympics teams. Competition was fierce and there were breathtaking half court shots at the buzzer. At the end of the day, the Alnylam/Ivy Street Hawks team took home the championship.
Another highlight was the “CEO free throw,” during which executives were matched with Special Olympians to showcase their court skills. A couple of the two-man teams scored three out of their allotted four shots─to the delight of courtside fans.
Participating biotechs hold fundraising events –such as a chili cookoff and “Superbowl squares”─ throughout the year, and the four teams bringing in the most money were rewarded with Celtics tickets.
Watch www.bioball.org for news of next year’s big event.