More than 1,500 Special Olympics Delaware athletes from schools at all levels across the state are set to take part in eight Special Olympics Delaware Basketball Skills Competitions over a period of 15 days, beginning March 13.
At the competitions, athletes either participate individually or team up with Unified Partners, peers without disabilities, to compete in dribbling, passing and shooting events.
High school students from each of the host schools’ Project Unify club will volunteer at the events. Special Olympics Project UNIFY is a national project funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The goal of Project UNIFY is to activate youth around the country in an effort to develop school communities where all young people are agents of change -- fostering respect, dignity and advocacy for people with intellectual disabilities by utilizing the programs and initiatives of Special Olympics.
“It’s an exciting time of year for anyone playing basketball,” said Jon Buzby, spokesperson for Special Olympics Delaware, “and for our athletes it’s no different. These events are their state championship. It’s their opportunity to show off their basketball talents through skills events they’ve been practicing for the past 10 weeks. Our athletes look forward to their own shining moment.”
Schedule (all competitions take place 10:15 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
Wednesday, March 13: Capital School District, Dover High School
Thursday, March 21: Caesar Rodney School District, Caesar Rodney High School
For More Information contact:
Jon Buzby, director of media relations
Office: (302) 831-3484; Cell: (302) 740-1033