Hannah and Friends holds first event in new gym

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
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SOUTH BEND, Ind.--- There's a new game in town, and it's happening in Hannah and Friends' backyard.

We're talking of course about the non-profit in South Bend that helps adults with developmental disabilities which was started by former Irish football coach Charlie Weis and his wife Maura.

Today, they held their first event at Teddy's Facility Center that comes complete with brand new courts for Hannah and Friends residents.

"I think is going to be welcome in our community, especially for the people in the special needs community," Weiss said. "I think that not only the smiles on their faces but on all the people behind them that were there to support them is just wonderful."

Many of the residents were on hand to check out the new facility with three of them taking on some members of the local sports media, including Newscenter 16's Angelo Di Carlo, in a three on three basketball game.

The residents had no problem beating up on the media winning the game easily 21-13.

"It was just an amazing game, you guys played very well too, but it was all about team sports," Resident Matt Coleman said. "Thanks to me Steven and Brandon we won this game and it all comes down to passing the ball and shooting all the shots."

Outside of the game the event was really about unveiling a new facility to the Hannah and Friends community.

“This thing opens up a new opportunity,” said resident Brandon Hudson. “We are truly blessed to have this facility.”

And they invited the community to come out and see the building today.

“It’s fantastic,” said resident Matt Coleman. “I'm grateful for everyone coming and joining in this new era of community."


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