State Basketball Tournament

“March Magic” Returns to MidAmerica Sports in Louisville

Louisville Flyers

The Louisville Flyers topped the defending champion Orange Crush to win gold in their division at the 2016 State Tournament.

The basketball madness that grips the state of Kentucky each spring embraces Special Olympics athletes as well when Special Olympics Kentucky brings its version of “March Magic” to Louisville with its 2017 State Basketball Tournament and Team Skills Competition. Games and the Skills Competition will take place March 10-12. The State Tournament will be held for the second consecutive year at MidAmerica Sports Center.  In all, more than 750 athletes will be competing during the weekend.

There will be 54 teams competing in the bracketed State Tournament, competing for state championships in a number of divisions. All teams in the brackets qualified at one of three regional tournaments that are held in Kentucky in February.

State Tournament games begin on Saturday, March 11 at 9 am at MidAmerican Sports with the last games on Saturday beginning at 3:15. Sunday games resume at MidAmerica at 9 am with the latest game beginning at 1 pm. All of the championship games will be held on Sunday with some starting as early as 11.

See 2017 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.

The Special Olympics Kentucky State Basketball Tournament is sponsored by The Kentucky Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, Texas Roadhouse, 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

2016 State Basketball Champions

B-1 Division – Kenton County Cougars
B-2 Division – Louisville Royals
B-3 Division – NKY Silverbacks
B-4 Division – Lexington Blitz
B-5 Division – Louisville Thunder (Green)
B-6 Division – Louisville Flyers (Black)
1A-Red Division – Grant County Jaguars
1-A Orange Division – Madison County Mustangs
1-A Blue Division – Marshall County Marshals
2A Division – Muhlenberg Co. Broncos
3A Division – Pitt Bears

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