Special Olympics Illinois State Basketball Championship

The State Basketball Tournament includes approximately 1900 athletes, 550 coaches and 350 volunteers. Additional activities include Victory Dances and athlete centered activities on Friday and Saturday nights, family registration and souvenir sales. Illinois State University’s Horton Fieldhouse has hosted the tournament since 1975 and the tournament expanded to include Illinois Wesleyan University’s Shirk Center in 2002. Basketball became an official Special Olympics Illinois sport in 1975.

The goal of Special Olympics Illinois is to create four team divisions whenever possible for all state tournament play. In some cases, divisions of two or three teams must be designed in order to provide appropriate competition at state tournaments. In such cases, special rules apply so that each team is given a fair and equal opportunity to achieve success.

In a four team bracket, each team plays two games. In a three team division all play is round robin style. In these divisions, three games will be played with each team competing twice. In a two team division all play is best two of three games. Teams will be given adequate time to rest between games and should a division go to a third game, the final game will be highlighted for its championship status.

Individual Skills Competition will be Saturday at Illinois State University’s Horton Field House. The Staging Area will be in the southeast corner of the Field House. Individual Skills athletes will begin competing at 9:00am Saturday. All traditional skills athletes will compete followed by the Young Athletes Skills competition.

Young Athletes from around the state will enjoy participating in basketball skills, socializing and so much more during the State Basketball tournament.


Friday, March 11, 2022 - Sunday, March 13, 2022
8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Cost: FREE


Horton Field House 180 N. Adelaide St. Normal IL 61701 309-888-2574

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