Local man goes to basketball nationals

Photo by Eleanor Guerrero Albert Crowder looks forward to participating in the National Special Olympics in June.

Albert Crowder was filled with pride that he will be going to the 2014 (Special Olympics) National Games in basketball in June in New Jersey. “About a team of eight is going,” he said with a smile. “I am the only one from Carbon County.”
Crowder has been active in basketball only the last few years. “Katie got me involved,” he explained, referring to his friend, Katie Richards.
Both had recently competed in the Bowling Olympics in Red Lodge. The local game was a real town effort sponsored by Silverstrike donating the bowling facility and shoes, Subway, donating the gift certificates and sandwiches, First Interstate Bank for funds for trophies and medals, Red Lodge Beverages for the pop, chips and cookies and Beartooth Market for the gift cards.
Crowder said he previously attended the Special Olympics Montana basketball competition in Helena. He was very excited to be going to New Jersey where the national games would be held. “We leave June 14,” he said and will return June 21.
“I’ve got two gold medals from state for the last two years. In New Jersey, I will get a third one for the nationals,” he said.
Crowder played some basketball as a kid but he never competed before the last few years. He had no idea he was that good at basketball. He was very happy to be part of the team and looked forward to the adventure.
“It is a trip to New York,” said Crowder. He said he would be sure to try the pizza.
Crowder will share his experience competing in the 2014 National Games upon his return.