Basketball State CompetitionS
2024 Winter Sport – Basketball Season
Teams and skills athletes will compete at the following events:
Mid-Season Qualifier – February 17 (Kent County Recreation Center)
State Tournament – March 16 (UD Bob Carpenter Center)
History + Facts
As one of the world’s most popular sports, basketball is a big favorite in Special Olympics and is incorporated into every U.S. program. The Basketball State Tournament includes teams from all five Areas and several school programs. A Jamboree takes place midseason and then the state tournament takes place at the University of Delaware Bob Carpenter Center, located on the UD athletic complex in Newark.
- State Tournament games are officiated by high school referees who are members of IAABO Board 11.
- The first basketball event nationally took place in 1968 at the inaugural Special Olympics Summer Games, held in Chicago.
- More than 500,000 athletes participate in basketball worldwide.