By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA – The Bulls continue to build a special relationship with Paralympic Sport Tampa Bay.
A total of 10 members of the USF women’s basketball team joined the local sports club for a pizza and painting party at Painting with a Twist on May 16.
“It was just a wonderful night where athletes were able to interact in a very social, fun setting. Our kids really got the purpose and appreciated the experience,” assistant head coach Jeff Osterman said.
The Bulls spent three hours with members of Paralympic Sport Tampa Bay that ranged from age 5 all the way up to 20 and the group had the task of putting personal touches on a cupcake portrait that each got to take home. USF student-athletes even decided to stay a little extra to continue talking and taking photos with the athletes and their families that watched the cupcake project all the way to completion.
“It was a really fun experience,” Osterman said.
The painting party was a continuation of a great relationship the Bulls are building with Paralympic Sport Tampa Bay. Both the USF men’s and women’s basketball teams conducted a clinic for the club two seasons ago and the bond grew even stronger this season when the members of PSTB attended USF women’s basketball’s 68-66 win over Syracuse on Feb. 23 at the Sun Dome.
“It was neat for the kids to see the players they watched sitting at their table at the painting party,” Osterman said.
Paralympic Sport Tampa Bay is a program that’s operated by the Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department and it provides year-round sports and recreation events for children and adults with physical disabilities. Contact Andy Chasanoff at (813) 744-5307 for more information about the program or submit an interest form HERE.