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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release


Jan. 9, 2013

Northwest to host 2013 Special Olympics area basketball tournament

MARYVILLE, Mo. – Northwest Missouri State University will host the Special Olympics Missouri, northwest area basketball tournament Saturday, Jan. 12. Over 250 athletes from across the region will come to Maryville to compete in the event.

Opening Ceremonies will begin at 8:30 a.m. in Bearcat Arena and will include entertainment from the Northwest Cheerleaders and Bearcat Steppers, as well as the Special Olympics cheer squad and additional community groups.  The Opening Ceremonies will also feature the traditional running of the Special Olympics torch and the athlete oath. Games will start at 9:30 a.m. and run until approximately 4 p.m. and will be played in Bearcat Arena and the Student Rec Center.

Competition divisions consist of individual skills, team skills, 3-on-3, modified and regulation, and unified basketball. Fans are invited to show support by cheering for the athletes at the free event, and are welcome to come and go throughout the day-long event.  For more information and details visit

Special Olympics Missouri is a year-round program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities and is dedicated to improving the overall health and fitness of the athletes. 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. Visit our website at Engage with us on Twitter @somissouri; or Facebook

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

Northwest Athletics
Lamkin Activity Center | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468