Special Olympics basketball state tournament tips off March 30 at UD

Special Olympics Delaware’s annual State Basketball Tournament will take place Saturday, March 30 at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, with games scheduled throughout the day, 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., in the main arena and both auxiliary gymnasiums.

A total of 35 traditional and Unified teams (include Unified partners, who are peers without disabilities) from across the state are scheduled to compete in full-court and 3-on-3 half-court tournaments. A skills competition, which includes 25 athletes, is also offered as part of the event.

The Opening Ceremony takes place at 2 p.m. inside the main arena, with Don Voltz, longtime broadcaster at WDEL, serving as emcee.

“Basketball is one of our most popular sports,” said Gary Cimaglia, senior director of sports for Special Olympics. “With March Madness in full swing, it’s now time for our athletes to each have their own shining moment, and we’re excited to watch that unfold at the state’s premier basketball facility.”

As they have for more than 20 years, high school officials from IAABO Board 11 volunteer as referees for all games.

Admission is free.