SODE Announces Basketball Tournament

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SPECIAL OLYMPICS: Delaware’s annual State Basketball Tournament takes place Saturday, March 30 at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark with games scheduled throughout the day in the main arena and both auxiliary gymnasiums


NEWARK(DE): Thirty-five (35) traditional and Unified teams (include Unified partners, who are peers without disabilities) from across the state are scheduled to compete in full-court and 3-on-3 half-court tournaments. A skills competition, which includes 25 athletes, is also offered as part of the event.

The Opening Ceremony takes place at 2 p.m. Saturday March 30, 2019, inside the main arena with Don Voltz, longtime broadcaster at WDEL, serving as emcee. Competitions will be from 8:00 am. to 7:00 pm.

“Basketball is one of our most popular sports,” says Gary Cimaglia, senior director of sports for Special Olympics. “With March Madness in full swing it’s now time for our athletes to each have their own shining moment, and we’re excited to watch that unfold at the state’s premier basketball facility.”

As they have for more than 20 years, high school officials from IAABO Board 11 volunteer as referees for all games.

Admission is free.


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