Athletes from 60 different Ohio counties will take to the courts in Hilliard on Friday and Saturday as Special Olympics Ohio presents its own version of March Madness with the 2019 State Basketball Team Tournament and Individual Skills Contest.
The road to the championship started more than a month ago on courts across the Buckeye state when an original field of 157 teams began playoff games.
During the state tournament, 34 teams will compete in semifinal and final games in 9 divisions.
Several venues in Hilliard will be utilized for team play on Friday evening and Saturday.
Additionally, 285 athletes will compete in the Basketball Individual Skills Contest which begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 23 at Hilliard Davidson High School, 5100 Davidson Road in Hilliard.
The Individual Skills Contest is provided for athletes who are not yet ready for team competition and includes drills in shooting, dribbling, and passing.
Special Olympics Ohio provides year-round sports training and competition in 20 different Olympic-type sports for 22,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
The training and competition gives them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness and demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.