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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release


Feb. 6, 2014

Special Olympics basketball at Bearcat Arena

MARYVILLE, Mo. – Northwest Missouri State University will host the Special Olympics Missouri North Area basketball tournament on Saturday, Feb. 8. This year’s event will bring nearly 275 athletes from across the region to Maryville, Mo.

Opening ceremonies will begin at 8:30 a.m. in Bearcat Arena and consist of entertainment provided by Northwest as well as the Special Olympics cheer squad, the running of the Special Olympics torch and the athlete oath. Games will start at 9:30 a.m. and run until approximately 3:30 p.m. The contests will be played in Bearcat Arena and the Student Recreation Center.

"Special Olympics Missouri North Area cherishes the wonderful partnership we have with Northwest Missouri State University. From the time that we hosted our first basketball tourney with Northwest we knew we had found a home. The entire campus and community welcomed us with open arms. We only hope we can continue to partner with them for many years to come! Our athletes, coaches, and families look forward to traveling to Northwest for the big event,” said Katie Hrenchir, Program Manager Special Olympics Missouri North Area.

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 the athletes on at the free event. For more information on the event please contact Katie Hrenchir at 816-233-6232 or email You may also visit for more details.

This will mark the third straight year that Northwest has served as the host institution for this event.

“We are honored to be able to partner with the Special Olympics on this great event,” said Northwest Directors of Athletics Mel Tjeerdsma. “These athletes serve as an inspiration to so many and it’s great for our campus and community to be able to share in this day.”

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. Nearly 17,000 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;

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