Springbrook will host the 6th Annual Springbrook Special Olympics Basketball Invitational on Saturday, April 7 from 9 am to 2 pm. Syracuse Basketball Alumni Roosevelt Bouie and Dale Shackleford, who visited Springbrook in September, will return as special referees for the event. The tournament is free, and the public is invited to attend.

The Springbrook Invitational is a round-robin style competition consisting of eight teams, with athletes from Broome County, Onondaga County, Saratoga, and Edmeston, as well as Springbrook’s own Varsity and Junior Varsity teams. In addition to the traditional tournament style play, Skills athletes will demonstrate their basketball proficiencies in two rounds of competition.  

Games will be held at Springbrook’s Main Campus, as well as Springbrook’s Community Campus, with an opening ceremony commencing at 9 am in the gymnasium on the Main Campus at 105 Campus Drive, Oneonta, NY. Due to the high volume of participants this year, teams will be separated into divisions and will compete accordingly. Division 1 teams, as well as Skills athletes, will compete at Springbrook’s Main Campus. Division 2 teams will compete at Springbrook’s Community Campus at 5588 State Hwy 7, Oneonta, NY. Division 2 games will begin at 10 am. Medal ceremonies will follow the tournaments at their respective locations.

ole Valentine-Sokolowski, Special Education Teacher, and Springbrook Athletic Coordinator had this to say: “The tournament gives athletes the opportunity to showcase the amazing talents they possess. They take so much pride in what they do, and it is extremely rewarding to be a part of something like this. And we are so excited to welcome back Dale Shackleford and Roosevelt Bouie for this great event!”

Springbrook’s Special Olympics Program is host to a basketball, soccer, and track & field team and is 100% donor funded. The program is made possible thanks to the generous support of sponsors who give to make a difference in the lives of people with developmental disabilities.

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