Athletes to Compete in State Basketball Tournament
ISU & IWU to Host 132-Team Tournament
Friday, March 14
- Junior and High School Divisions – 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Horton Field House, Illinois State University
Saturday, March 15
- All Divisions Play – 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Horton Field House & Shirk Center, Illinois Wesleyan University
- Skills Competition – 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Horton Field House only
- Opening Ceremonies – 8 p.m. Saturday at Horton Field House
Sunday, March 16
- Senior and Female Divisions Play – 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Horton Field House & Shirk Center
Horton Field House at Illinois State University & Shirk Center at Illinois Wesleyan University
More than 1,650 Special Olympics athletes from across the state comprising 132 teams will put their abilities in basketball skills and teamwork to the ultimate test in the Special Olympics Illinois State Basketball Tournament.
Athletes will participate in five categories of play and are divisioned within each category based on their age and skill level:
- Senior/Male: 63 teams including at least one male player 16 years or older
- Female: 20 all-female teams with players 16 years or older
- High School: 35 teams with players of high school age
- Junior: 14 teams including male and female players under the age of 16
- Individual Skills: About 225 athletes will test their abilities in dribbling, passing and shooting
- Young Athletes: 7 Young Athletes aged 6-7 will demonstrate their individual skills abilities
To compete in the tournament, athletes must have trained for at least eight weeks. Senior/Male and High School teams qualified through one of nine district tournaments in the state. All teams will play at least two games, and the tournament will be played according to IHSA rules.
The public is welcome to attend any or all of this free event in Bloomington-Normal.
The State Basketball Tournament Gold Medal Sponsors are the Illinois Knights of Columbus and Law Enforcement Torch Run. Special Olympics Illinois is honored to partner with the Shirk Family Foundation in delivering our annual State Basketball Tournament.
Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 19 sports for nearly 21,500 Traditional Athletes with intellectual disabilities and more than 18,500 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics transforms the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, allowing them to realize their full potential in sports and in life. Special Olympics programs enhance physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, social skills and encourage family and community support. If you are interested in learning more about Special Olympics Illinois, volunteering or providing financial support to help make Special Olympics programs possible, contact your local Special Olympics agency, call 800-394-0562 or visit our website at www.soill.org.
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MEDIA: For more information, contact Michele Evans at 309-888-2573. During the tournament, go to Tournament Central at Horton or Shirk and ask for Jeremy Davidson (on Friday) or call him 309-846-8097; or ask for Michele Evans (Saturday or Sunday) or call her on her cell 309-660-8497.