All-Ukrainian Special Olympics Ukraine basketball tournament

of Special Olympics European Basketball Week 2018

Ukraine traditionally hosted the Special Olympics European Basketball Week in last week of November.

 This year Special Olympics Ukraine (SOU) has focused on promoting local Youth basketball competitions and Unified basketball tournaments for athletes with intellectual disabilities which took place in 9 regions of Ukraine.

The main events of the European Basketball Week 2018 in Ukraine included the National Basketball Tournament for 10 teams from 8 different regions of Ukraine in Smila (Cherkasy region) on 21-23 November at the Sportcentre “Lokomotyv”, also seminar for 10 coaches and presentation of ‘Young Athletes’ programme. All the participants were impressed by the opening ceremony during which people with disabilities from Smila special school showed themselves not only as skilled basketball players but as talented artists-singers and dancers as well.

 The winner of Tournament in higher division is team from Mykolaiv and the lower division winner is the team from Kherson

 SOU thanks all athletes with disabilities and their coaches on the International Day of Disabled Persons, particularly those who have managed to come to National Tournament despite numerous challenges, for their desire to win and high level of athletic performance. All teams of the Tournament received presents, t-shirts, balls from the Basketball Federation of Ukraine, Coca-Cola Foundation and Coca-Cola Ukraine Ltd.