More than 1,500 Special Olympics Delaware athletes from schools at all levels across the state are set to take part in Special Olympics Delaware Basketball Skills Competitions over the next three weeks, beginning Dec. 5.

At the competitions, athletes either participate individually or team up with Unified Partners — peers without disabilities — to compete in different levels of dribbling, passing and shooting events.

High school students and staff members from each of the host schools will serve as volunteers at the events, most whom are involved in the school’s Special Olympics partnership club.

“It’s an exciting time of year for anyone playing basketball as local high school and college seasons get underway, and for our athletes it’s no different,” said Jon Buzby, spokesperson for Special Olympics Delaware. “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 several weeks. Our athletes look forward to creating their own shining moment.”

Competitions take place from 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Schedule includes:

— Dec. 4, Smyrna High School, 500 Duck Creek Parkway; Kent County Elementary Schools

— Dec. 5, McKean High School, 301 McKennans Church Road, Wilmington; New Castle Elementary Schools — Brandywine, Red Clay.

— Dec. 7 at William Penn High School, 713 E. Basin Road, New Castle; New Castle High Schools.

— Dec. 11, Sussex Tech High School, 17099 County Seat Highway, Georgetown; Kent/Sussex Middle Schools.

— Dec. 13, Middletown High School, 120 Silver Lake Road; New Castle Elementary Schools — Appoquinimink, Christiana, Newark Charter.

— Dec. 14, Caesar Rodney High School, 239 Old North Road, Camden; Kent/Sussex County High Schools.

— Dec. 18, Milford Central Academy, 1021 N. Walnut St.; Sussex County Elementary Schools.

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