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Special Olympics State Basketball Returns

Special Olympics State Basketball Returns
Special Olympics Athlete, Heather Raymond and SOMT C.E.O. Rhonda McCarty announce the 2022 State Basketball Tournament.Maggie Welch

Today at the Maroon Activity Center, Special Olympics Montana C.E.O. Rhonda McCarty and Butte area athlete Heather Raymond stood together at the podium to announce the return of Basketball! After a 2 year hiatus, the tournament is coming back to the Mining City.

Butte was actually scheduled to host the games for a 3 year run, from 2019-2021. The 2019 tournament was a resounding success! But that all ground to a halt in 2020. In fact, Special Olympic athletes haven’t had the chance to compete in a true statewide competition since that tournament. The Butte Games Management Team and Special Olympics Montana staff are thrilled to bring the tournament back to Butte for an encore year! Great competition and huge smiles are on the docket for November 10-12, 2022.

As GMT co-director Bill McGladdery said, “After 2 years of limited competition, 700 athletes are going to gather here in Butte. And when the torch is lit on November 10th, it will light both great basketball competition and the renewal of friendships that have been impacted during the pandemic.”

The Tournament will kick off Thursday, November 10th, with Opening Ceremonies at the Maroon Activity Center. Friday and Saturday, multiple venues in Butte and Ramsay will host competitions, including 3-on-3, 5-on-5, 5-on-5 Unified, and Individual Skills competitions. Athletes will also have a chance to celebrate and socialize at a Dance/Carnival held at the Butte Plaza Mall.

Over 500 volunteers are needed to run the tournament. Volunteers are needed to deliver lunches to gyms, keep score, and referee. There are even options for photography and cheering as a fan in the stands. This is where Butte really shines. Special Olympics Montana needs you to make it happen! Please visit https://www.somt.org/volunteer/games-volunteers/ to sign up for a volunteer activity today.



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