Special Olympics Delaware’s annual State Basketball Tournament, sponsored by Farmers Insurance and Bristol West Insurance, will tip off at 8 a.m. March 24 at the University of Delaware Bob Carpenter Center, 631 S. College Ave., Newark, with games scheduled through 7 p.m. in the main arena and the auxiliary gymnasiums.

Thirty-four traditional and Unified teams — include Unified partners, or peers without disabilities — from across the state are scheduled to compete in full-court and half-court tournaments. Gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded to first-, second- and third-place teams in each division, respectively, with ribbons given to fourth-, fifth- and sixth-place finishers.

The opening ceremony takes place at 2 p.m. inside the main arena with Kevin Linton, the public address voice of UD sports and the Wilmington Blue Rocks, 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.”

Employees from Farmers Insurance and Bristol West Insurance help organize the event and fill volunteer roles throughout the weekend. High school officials from International Association of

Approved Basketball Officials Board 11 volunteer as referees for the games.

For more, visit sode.org and plungede.org.