Volunteers needed for Special Olympics basketball tournament

On March 7-8, more than 450 athletes, 100 coaches and 46 teams representing 14 communities from across the state of North Dakota will participate in the 32nd annual Special Olympics State Basketball Tournament in Minot. Locations are Minot State University, Minot Municipal Auditorium, Bishop Ryan High School, Burdick Job Corps and Longfellow Elementary.

Volunteers are needed in the following areas: basketball officials, timers, scorekeepers, medical and general tournament support. Trained or certified basketball officials, medical personnel, and those interested in volunteering for general tournament support should call Special Olympics at 746-0331 or email sond@midconetwork.com.

Tentative schedule:

Friday, March 7

8:30 a.m. – Volunteer registration opens at the MSU Dome.

9:45 a.m. – Basketball pairing round matches begin at the MSU Dome.

10:30 a.m. – Individual skills competition begins.

12:45 p.m. – Opening Ceremony and Parade of Athletes at the MSU Dome.

2:00 p.m. – Basketball team competition begins.

7:30 p.m. – Athlete dance.

Saturday, March 8

7:30 a.m. – Volunteer registration opens at the MSU Dome.

9:00 a.m. – Basketball competition continues.

All events are free, and the public is encouraged to attend.

Special Olympics North Dakota is part of a worldwide movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports everyday around the world. Through work in sports, health education and community building, Special Olympics is addressing inactivity, injustice, intolerance and social isolation by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities which leads to a more welcoming and inclusive society. Every year more than 1,400 Special Olympics athletes in North Dakota have an opportunity to take part in any of the fifteen sports offered. With the support of more than 330 coaches, 4,500 statewide volunteers and are able to deliver more than 70 statewide competitions throughout the year. Learn more about Special Olympics North Dakota at (specialolympicsnorthdakota.org).