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DePauw to Host Special Olympics Women's Basketball Tournament This Weekend

March 13, 2009

Special Olympics Running dribble.JPGMarch 13, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. — "More than 270 Special Olympics Indiana athletes representing 19 delegations from across the state will participate Saturday and Sunday in state-level competition in women's basketball" in what is being billed as the "largest women's basketball competition in the world." The Terre Haute Tribune-Star previews the 2009 Special Olympics Indiana Women's Basketball Tournament, which will again take place at DePauw's indoor tennis and track center, Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 12:20 p.m. until approximately 4 o'clock.

The opening ceremonies will take place at 12:20 tomorrow afternoon. As they have in year's past, DePauw students will volunteer at the event.

"In a true example of Hoosier Hysteria, Special Olympics Indiana is proud to host the largest women's basketball competition in the world, and the only such tournament in the United States, due to the large number of all-women teams in the program, states a release today from Special Olympics Indiana," notes the Tribune-Star. "Overall, Indiana has 2,600 athletes participating in basketball, which is one of the most popular Special Olympics sport in the state, second only to bowling. The 2009 Special Olympics Indiana Women's special olympics logo.gifBasketball Tournament will include 274 athletes and Unified Partners, representing 19 Special Olympics delegations throughout the state and competing in three different basketball competitions."

Read more at the newspaper's Web site.

DePauw's indoor tennis and track center hosted the Division I Horizon League track and field championships last month and also in 2002, 2004 and 2005. It was also the site of the 2003 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III Men's and Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships, as well as the 2002 Division III Men's Tennis Championships. The 132,000 square foot building was dedicated on April 27, 2001.