1,400 ready to play in Hays & Topeka Special Olympics tournament

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More than 1,400 athletes have signed on for the annual Kansas State Basketball and Cheerleading Tournament, hosted by the Special Olympics this weekend.

The tournament is split between Fort Hays University in Hays, and Topeka’s Washburn Rural High School over Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Topeka side plans to host 801 athletes, while Hays plans to host 624. Basketball, cheerleading and stunting will take place at both locations.

Alongside the competition, all of the athletes can participate in free health screenings in both cities:

  • Dental professionals will offer “Special Smiles” screenings in Hays.
  • Health professionals will offer “Healthy Hearing” screenings in Topeka.
  • Athletes can get a free shirt and dental hygiene products at either location.

Special Olympics Kansas said they have remaining openings for referee and score keeping volunteers at both locations. Training will be provided on-site, and anyone interested can contact event coordinator Tim Rehder at rehdert@ksso.org.

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