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April 21, 2014 | North America: Michigan

Curtis Castle goes from athlete to coach

By Liz Nicholl

Athlete turned coach Curtis Castle on the bench during the 2014 Special Olympics Michigan State Basketball Finals.

Following a tragic motorcycling accident, Area 12 lost Coach "Del" Kragt this February. He was known to be a dedicated Special Olympics Michigan enthusiast and volunteer, dedicated coach, a talented prankster. He coached almost every sport his daughter and Special Olympics Athlete, Amanda, was involved with. But when he wasn't coaching, he was on the sidelines cheering her on! With a coaching position sadly sitting open on the Holland Hoopsters, athlete Curtis Castle rose to the occasion. "I was getting old and they needed help," chuckled Castle. Curtis utilized help from Area Directors and knowledge gained from Special Olympics certified Coaching Clinics, to become one of three coaches for his home team, the Holland Hoopsters. He started his athletic career with Special Olympics Michigan in 1996 and since participates all year round. Drawing up plays is one of his favorite tasks as a coach, he knows his teammates' abilities and structures them accordingly.

About Liz Nicholl: Liz Nicholl is a Public Relations and Marketing intern at Special Olympics Michigan.

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