More than 340 athletes from the South Texas Area will compete.

CORPUS CHRISTI – Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) will host an area-wide basketball competition for more than 340 athletes in the South Texas Area on Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25 at West Oso High School. Friday will feature the individual skills competition and Motor Activities Training Program events from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., followed by a full day of 5-on-5 team play on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Both events are open to the public and free to attend.

Athletes as young as eight years old will show off their skills on the hardwood, while players 12 years and up will be competing as a means to qualify for the upcoming statewide tournament, Summer Games, which will take place in Arlington from May 25-28.

Friday’s individual skills competition will feature about 45 participants from SOTX’s+ Motor Activities Training Program (MATP). Coaches will set up stations with adaptive equipment related to the sport of basketball. MATP participants will receive a Challenge medal. 

MATP is for athletes who cannot compete in official Special Olympics sports because they cannot physically perform movements or cannot follow the rules due to cognitive or behavioral limitations. The focus of MATP is on training and participation, rather than competition. For this reason, emphasis is placed on achieving personal bests, and it allows for adapted equipment and physical assistance.

For more information, please contact Alice Fulton-Garza (agarza@sotx.org) at 361-857-5679.

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 58,300 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. Visit the SOTX- South Texas Area Facebook page at fb.com/SOTX2.