Special Olympics Bahamas hosts end of season basketball tournament

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NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Special Olympics Bahamas (SOB) hosted its annual end of year basketball tournament at the Stapledon School over the weekend.

Anatol picked up the first-place trophy, followed by the SOB Blackbirds and the Stapledon School.

The SOB Warriors rounded out the group in fourth.

Special Olympics Bahamas Director Gilbert Williams said the tournament served as a warmup for the upcoming Special Olympics Summer Games in Abu Dhabi in March 2019.

Williams said that they’ve already made the initial deposit for the athletes on the trip, but need major support from Corporate Bahamas to ensure Special Olympics is able to pay the remaining balance.

“We are less than three months away and funding isn’t going the way we would like,” Williams said.

“We are hoping the community would step up and help us get to these world games. The athletes have been working extremely hard and the coaches have been doing their best to make sure they are ready. We are trying our best to ensure we get our athletes off to compete.”

The 2019 Summer Special Olympics take place March 14-21 in Abu Dhabi, United Emirates. Around 7,000 athletes from 170 nations are expected to compete in the week-long event.