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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Jan. 25, 2012

Northwest to host 2012 Special Olympics area basketball tournament

Northwest Missouri State University on Saturday, Feb. 4, will host the Special Olympics Missouri Northwest Area Basketball Tournament, which will bring more than 250 athletes from across northwest Missouri to Maryville.

Opening Ceremonies will begin at 9 a.m. at Bearcat Arena. The games will start at 10 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m.  

Competition events will take place in individual skills, team skills, 3-on-3, modified and regulation basketball. People interested in volunteering to help on the day of the tournament should visit The public is encouraged to attend all events and cheer for the athletes.

Special Olympics is dedicated to improving the overall health and fitness of its athletes, not only through organized sports training and competition, but also by providing free health screenings through the Healthy Athletes program. All screenings are provided for SOMO athletes free of charge. A local physician will be on site to give free physicals from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Special Olympics Missouri is a year-round program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. More than 15,600 athletes participate in 21 Olympic-type sports throughout the state. Special Olympics provides people with intellectual disabilities continuing opportunities to develop fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy as they participate in the sharing of gifts and friendship with other athletes, their families and the community.

For more information about the 2012 Special Olympics Northwest Area Basketball Tournament contact Katie Hrenchir at 816.233.6232 or Learn more about Special Olympics by visiting the Special Olympics Missouri website at, or following Special Olympics on Twitter (@somissouri) or Facebook by searching “specialolympicsmo.”

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468