Special Olympics Illinois athletes triumph at state basketball
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[March 22, 2014]
NORMAL — Special Olympics
Illinois crowned its state champions at a state basketball
tournament March 14-16 at Illinois State University's Horton Field
House in Normal and Illinois Wesleyan University's Shirk Center in
Bloomington. More than 1,600 athletes competed on 132 teams and
individual skills competition at the tournament. To see results,
click here (PDF).
Athletes participated in five
categories of play and were in divisions within each category, based
on their age and skill level:
teams including at least one male player 16 years or older.
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.
About 225 athletes tested their abilities in dribbling, passing
Young athletes: Seven young athletes
ages 6-7 demonstrated their individual skills abilities.
To compete in the state tournament, athletes must have completed
eight weeks of training. Senior/male and high school teams qualified
through district tournaments in the state.
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As official partners of Special Olympics Illinois, the Illinois
Knights of Columbus and the Law Enforcement Torch Run were Gold
Medal sponsors of the basketball tournament. Special Olympics
Illinois partners with the Shirk Family Foundation in presenting the
annual state basketball tournament.
[Text from file received from
Special Olympics Illinois]
Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization
offering year-round training and competition in 19 sports for nearly
21,500 athletes with intellectual disabilities and more than 18,000
young athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities.
Special Olympics changes lives by empowering people with
intellectual disabilities 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. To learn 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