Panhandle Area Special Olympics Basketball Competition


They’re trying to qualify for the summer games but before they go, they have to shoot some hoops.

It was nothing but net at the Panhandle Area Special Olympics Basketball Competition.

We’re told about 300 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities got some 5-on-5 team play action.

They also got to show off their talents during the skills competitions.

“We got family members who are gonna come and watch their kids, like anybody. But then we got people out here that aren’t family members and they love our athletes they love watching them play and compete and have fun. And, you know, all that hooping and hollering they do and clapping on every steal, every shot, it’s just a huge boost to the athlete’s morale,” said Jacob Ray, Area 16 Area Director.

Athletes who excelled during this competition will play in the statewide tournament in May.

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