News From Terre Haute, Indiana

March 13, 2009

NEW: DePauw to host the only Special Olympics women's basketball tournament in the nation

Event part of the countdown to the 40th Annual Special Olympics Indiana Summer Games in June on the ISU campus


Greencastle — More than 270 Special Olympics Indiana athletes representing 19 delegations from across the state will participate Saturday and Sunday in state-level competition in women's basketball, including Special Olympics Unified Sports® and traditional events.

The 2009 Special Olympics Indiana Women's Basketball Tournament is scheduled 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in DePauw University's Indoor Track & Tennis Center at 313 S. Locust St. at Greencastle.

Opening ceremonies starts at 12:20 p.m. and the last game begins at 4:45 p.m.

Competition on Sunday is from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the last game set to begin at 2:30.

In a true example of Hoosier Hysteria, Special Olympics Indiana is proud to host the largest women's basketball competition in the world, and the only such tournament in the United States, due to the large number of all-women teams in the program, states a release today from Special Olympics Indiana. Overall, Indiana has 2,600 athletes participating in basketball, which is one of the most popular Special Olympics sport in the state, second only to bowling.

The 2009 Special Olympics Indiana Women's Basketball Tournament will include 274 athletes and Unified Partners, representing 19 Special Olympics delegations throughout the state and competing in three different basketball competitions.

Traditional Team Competition (5-on-5): Teams, comprised entirely of female Special Olympics athletes (co-ed teams participate in the men's division), participate in four different levels of regulation play, depending on overall team ability level.

Unified Sports® Team Competition (5-on-5): Teams, comprised of female Special Olympics athletes and Special Olympics Unified Sports® Partners (non-disabled people with a similar ability level) participate in four different levels of regulation play, depending on overall team ability level.

3-on-3 Team Competition: Special Olympics athletes who do not possess the skills or stamina to participate in full-court basketball participate in 3-on-3 competition. This type of competition can be a means to assist athletes with lower ability levels to progress to full-court play.

This weekend's tournament also is one of 40 events which are part of the celebratory countdown to the 40th Annual Special Olympics Indiana Summer Games, scheduled June 5-7 on the campus of Indiana State University in Terre Haute. For a listing of 40th Anniversary Celebrations, visit www.soindiana.org.

ABOUT SPECIAL OLYMPICS INDIANA

In 2009, Special Olympics Indiana is celebrating its 40th Anniversary. For the past four decades, Special Olympics Indiana, a not-for-profit organization, has been providing year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. From a gathering of a few dozen individuals at Indiana State University in 1969, the program has grown to reach nearly 10,000 athletes and 7,000 volunteers statewide. The organization receives no federal or state-appropriated funds, is not a United Way agency and relies entirely on corporate, civic and individual donations. For more information about Special Olympics Indiana and its 40th Anniversary celebrations, call (317) 328-2000 or visit www.soindiana.org.