PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University Athletics, in partnership with Special Olympics Washington, is hosting the Special Olympics East Regional Basketball Tournament, Saturday, Feb. 8.
The tournament will take place from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the Bohler Athletic Complex, Physical Education Building and Smith Gym on the WSU campus.
The WSU Student-Athlete Development Unit and SAAC (Student-Athlete Advisory Committee) are spearheading the university’s efforts in lending support to the event.
“The partnership between WSU Athletics and Special Olympics is now two years and running,” said WSU Coordinator of Career Development and Community Services Kari Sampson. “We are excited to continue to strengthen our relationship with Special Olympics and host such an amazing event that has a profound effect in so many ways.”
More than 240 WSU student-athletes, staff and members of the Pullman community are volunteering for Saturday’s event.
According to Jill Ives, Sports & Training Manager East Region, Special Olympics Washington, 750 athletes will compete in Saturday’s regional tournament, one of four throughout the state, in three divisions (junior, ages 8-15; senior, ages 16-21; and master, ages 22 and up). The winners of each division advance to play the winners of each of the other three regions at the winter games in Wenatchee, Feb. 28 - March 2.
Admission is free to the public.