Get Ready for Basketball with Special Olympics Texas

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Come cheer on Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) athletes at our upcoming basketball tournament. With over 2,000 athletes competing in basketball, it is our second largest sport and sure to be an exciting tournament. The tournament will take place on Friday, February 21, and Saturday, February 22. An individual skills competition will take place on Saturday, February 22.

There will be 109 teams competing in 25 divisions including traditional, unified, and all-female. The tournament will be played at eight different school sites within Grand Prairie ISD on 15 basketball courts. The games are set to begin at 6 p.m. on Friday night and at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning. The individual skills competition will have prelims on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. and finals at 1 p.m. Opening ceremonies will occur on Saturday at 11:20 a.m. at Amos Turner Gym at Grand Prairie High School.

Tournament headquarters will be located at Amos Turner Gym and athlete village, awards, and souvenirs, and families will be housed at the Student Activity Center at Grand Prairie High School on Saturday only.

For more information about the event or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please email sotxdallasarea10volunteers@mail.com or contact 214.943.9981. Click here to search for basketball competitions by area.

About the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR)
The Law Enforcement Torch Run is Special Olympics' largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle.  In Texas, the Law Enforcement Torch Run began in 1985 and had grown to become one of the largest in the nation.  In the last decade, Torch Run has contributed over $11 million through the dedication of thousands of law enforcement personnel fundraising on behalf of SOTX.  The support provided by this dedicated group has contributed greatly to programs in local communities, which involve more than 44,500 athletes with intellectual disabilities throughout the state.

About Special Olympics Texas
Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) is a privately funded non-profit organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect.  SOTX provides continuing opportunities for more than 44,500 children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the Lone Star State to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship.  To learn more, visit www.sotx.org or call 800.876.5646.  Engage with us on: Twitter @SOTexas; fb.com/SpecialOlympicsTX; youtube.com/specialolympicstexas.

Co-Sponsors:
Coca-Cola Refreshments, Food Town, H-E-B Tournament of Champions
Charitable Trust and the Law Enforcement Torch Run


Tela Mange
Vice President of Communications
Special Olympics Texas
tmange@sotx.org


About Special Olympics Texas
Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) is a privately funded non-profit organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect.  SOTX provides continuing opportunities for more than 58,800 children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the Lone Star State to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship.  To learn more, visit www.specialolympicstexas.org or call 800.876.5646.  Engage with us on: Twitter @SOTexas; fb.com/SpecialOlympicsTX; youtube.com/specialolympicstexas.