Special Olympics tourney continues DePauw tradition

Thursday, March 8, 2012

For more than 25 years, DePauw University has hosted the Special Olympics Women's State Basketball Tournament. This year's tournament will take place this weekend, welcoming 31 teams from across the state of Indiana.

The all-women's tournament, put on by DePauw's Panhellenic Council, is the only one of its kind in the world. It will include three-on-three games as well as five-on-five.

"Special Olympics is an opportunity to bring the DePauw and Greencastle community together to support such an important and inspiring cause," said Olivia Carmel, director of Philanthropy and Service, DePauw Panhellenic Council. "It is fun for both the athletes and their families, and the student and community volunteers as well."

Along with the Panhellenic Council, DePauw's Interfraternity Council, Independent Council, Student Athletic Advisory Council and student volunteers have been working for the past couple months on putting together the event. The organizations will also sponsor each of the 31 teams participating in the event.

"The players look forward to coming every year," Carmel said. "It's a great weekend for them and a good way for DePauw students to come together"

The opening ceremonies will begin on Saturday, March 10 at 12:20 p.m. in DePauw's Lilly Center. Games however will begin on Saturday morning at 11 a.m.

Opening ceremonies will include the DePauw University X-Cell dance group and the DePauwCapella singers performing.

Tournament games will be played throughout the afternoon on Saturday.

Saturday night will also include a pizza party from 6-8 p.m. There will also be a spa night for the athletes, where they will be able to receive manicures, followed by a dance.

The student band, Jack Daddy Sunrise, will also play the post-tournament event, as they have in previous years.

"It's a good time for DePauw students and athletes to mingle," said Carmel. "The fact that it's been running for 25 years is just amazing."

DePauw's sororities will also be hosting a brunch on Sunday morning before the games continue at 11 a.m. Closing ceremonies will begin at 2:30 p.m.

"DePauw is a part of the Greencastle community," Carmel said. "This is a way to help build a solid school and community relationship."

The community is welcome to attend the two-day tournament. For more information regarding the event or to get involved, persons may contact Carmel at oliviacarmel_2013@depauw.edu.

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