Bucks hire special needs individuals to fill game-night jobs

A group photo of the 12 Milwaukee Bucks employees with intellectual disabilities and special needs hired to work at the BMO Harris Bradley Center during home games this season.

Through a partnership between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Milwaukee Center for Independence, a rotating pool of 12 employees with intellectual disabilities or other special needs will fill nine jobs at the BMO Harris Bradley Center during each Bucks home game throughout the 2016-2017 season.

A group photo of the 12 Milwaukee Bucks employees with intellectual disabilities and special needs hired to work at the BMO Harris Bradley Center during home games this season.
A group photo of the 12 Milwaukee Bucks employees with intellectual disabilities and special needs hired to work at the BMO Harris Bradley Center during home games this season.

The employees will be in charge of stocking and refilling supplies and cleaning at each of the nine condiment stands in the arena concourses.

“The Milwaukee Bucks organization is really helping their newest employees to take a giant step forward,” said Carrie Belsky, director of employment services at the Milwaukee Center for Independence in a statement released Wednesday. “It’s much more than an opportunity for these new hires to earn money and become more self-sufficient – the Bucks have been so inviting and welcoming. You can just hear the pride in our clients’ voices when they say, ‘I work for the Milwaukee Bucks.’”

The Bucks said in a statement announcing the employment initiative the organization has invested heavily in training for its full-time and game-night employees.

“The team is committed to providing opportunities for qualified individuals with disabilities to contribute to the game-night experience,” the statement reads.

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Ben Stanley, former BizTimes Milwaukee reporter.

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