The Special Olympics Youth Basketball tournament made its way to Indianapolis yesterday.
The University of Indianapolis has hosted the event for the past nine years. Students from the university volunteer their time to help plan, run and interact with the athletes.
The tournament is well grounded in Indiana’s basketball heritage. It is the only state basketball tournament offered to youth special olympic athletes in the world.
“The kids that come to this tournament are just so excited,” said Director of Programs for Special Olympics Indiana Mike Asch. “To see the joy and happiness when they win, the high fives and the hugs. Whether it’s a medal or a ribbon just to be able to compete and participate at this level is exciting to see.”