State Basketball Tournament

“March Magic” State Basketball Tournament Returns to MidAmerica Sports in Louisville

2017 State Basketball Tournament

The Louisville Wizards work to inbound the ball against the Silverbacks at the 2017 State Basketball Tournament.

“March Magic,” the Special Olympics Kentucky State Basketball Tournament, returns to MidAmerica Sports Center in Louisville March 9-11. This year, 53 teams qualified for the State Tournament through a series of Regional Tournaments that were held in February.

Teams will compete in multiple divisions at the Tournament. Games will get underway at 9 am on Saturday, March 10, on four courts and run until about 3 pm. Teams return on Sunday, March 11, again at 9 am, with all state championship games held that day. The latest games on Sunday will begin at 1 pm.

2018 State Tournament Brackets

In addition to the teams competing in the State Tournament, teams that do not qualify for the tournament have the opportunity to participate in the Team Skills Competition on Saturday. The Team Skills Competition measures teams’ abilities in six basic basketball skills and gives teams that did not reach the State Tournament the opportunity to participate in State Tournament weekend festivities.

2018 Skills Competition Schedule

Those weekend festivities include the victory dance on Saturday night. In addition, the 2017 Special Olympics Kentucky Athlete and Coach of the Year Awards, which were originally to be presented at the State Leadership Conference that was cancelled due to weather in January, will be announced at the State Tournament.

The Special Olympics Kentucky State Basketball Tournament is sponsored by Year-Round Partners Delta Dental, The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Kentucky and Texas Roadhouse, as well as event sponsors The Kentucky Wireless Association, Bachman Subaru and Subaru of America, Kosair Charities and the Kentuckiana Basketball Officials Association. Members of the KBOA volunteer their time to officiate tournament games.

For more information about the State Basketball Tournament or about the Special Olympics Kentucky basketball program, contact Program Director-Team Sports Hunter Brislin at 502-695-8222 or

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