“March Magic,” the Special Olympics Kentucky State Basketball Tournament, will return to MidAmerica Sports Center in Louisville March 11-12. Teams qualified for the State Tournament through a series of Regional Tournaments that were held in February in Benton, Florence and Elizabethtown.
This year’s Tournament will be held on one day. Games get underway at 9 am on Saturday on four courts with the last games beginning at 5 pm.
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 Skills Competition will begin at 9 am at Berrytown Recreation Center.
In all more than 400 athletes will be in action over the weekend with 33 teams in the State Tournament and another eight taking part in the Skills Competition.
State Basketball weekend festivities include a Healthy Athletes opportunity at MidAmerica on Saturday, and the victory dance on Saturday night.
This will be the first official State Basketball Tournament for the program since 2019. The 2020 State Tournament was one of the first event casualties of the pandemic, cancelled just before other events began to shut down. Last year, our basketball season was modified for COVID safety into a practice and drills mode. Teams that travelled to Louisville at the end of the season all participated in a Team Skills Challenge.
Not surprisingly, basketball is the largest team sports offering on the Special Olympics Kentucky calendar each year.
The Special Olympics Kentucky State Basketball Tournament is sponsored by Year-Round Partners Texas Roadhouse and Toyota Motor Corporation, as well as event sponsors The Kentucky Wireless Association, Bachman Subaru and Subaru of America, the Kentucky Law Enforcement Torch Run 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 Director of Sports and Competition Hunter Brislin at 502-695-8222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.