SOILL Athletes to Compete at State Basketball Tournament
ISU & IWU to Host 135-Team Tournament
2015 Special Olympics Illinois State Basketball Tournament (list of athletes expected to compete)
Friday, March 13
- Junior and High School Divisions – 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Horton Field House, Illinois State University
- Project UNIFY Evening Activities – 7 – 9 p.m. evening activities Horton Field House, ISU
Saturday, March 14
- 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 15
- 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
Nearly 1,600 Special Olympics athletes from across the state comprising 135 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: 65 teams including at least one male player 16 years or older
- Female: 18 all-female teams with players 16 years or older
- High School: 39 teams with players of high school age
- Junior: 13 teams including male and female players under the age of 16
- Individual Skills: About 265 athletes will test their abilities in dribbling, passing and shooting
- Young Athletes: 5 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, Law Enforcement Torch Run & Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois.
Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 19 sports for nearly 22,000 Traditional Athletes with intellectual disabilities and nearly 21,000 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 Michele or call her at 309-660-8497.