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Garland ISD to Host SOTX Area Basketball Competition Feb. 24-25

Mesquite News - 2/24/2017

The largest Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) Area 10 Basketball Competition in the Lone Star State will take place this weekend in Garland. Nearly 1,000 SOTX athletes from the Greater Dallas area, will show off their skills on the hardwood at six Garland ISD campuses. (Full list of locations below.) Games tip off on Friday, Feb. 24 at 6:00 p.m. and will last until about 9:00 p.m. Play resumes Saturday, Feb. 25 at 8:00 a.m. and will run until about 5:00 p.m. All contests are open to the public and free to attend. Volunteers are still needed, especially first responders to serve as volunteer medics on both days at all locations.

Those interested in volunteering can contact Alex Hubbard ( at 214.943.9981. This tournament features 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 play, including Unified teams, which are comprised of people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities on the same team.

Players 12 and older will be competing as a means to qualify for the upcoming statewide tournament ? Summer Games, which take place May 25-28 in Arlington.

This weekend's games will take place on both days at the following locations: Sachse High School

North Garland High School

Naaman Forest High School

Austin Academy for Excellence

Jackson Technology Center

Bussey Middle School

About Special Olympics Texas

Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) is a privately funded non-profit organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect. SOTX provides continuing opportunities for more than 55,200 children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the Lone Star State to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship. To learn more, or call 800.876.5646.

Engage with us on: Twitter @SOTexas;; Visit the SOTX- Heart of East Texas Area Facebook page at


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