BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- The Regional Special Olympics Basketball Tournament kicked off Saturday at Kummer-Little Recreation Center in downtown Bowling Green.
35 Special Olympic teams from all over Western Kentucky competed.
The winning teams advanced to the state tournament.
"We did pretty good, the score board was up by like 20, we won by 20." said Special Olympics Athlete James Vance.
The first round of match ups began at 8:00 a.m. and lasted all afternoon, the final round beginning at 3:00 p.m. Four courts were used at the same time throughout the day, some games even went into overtime.
"Just seeing a smile on their face, getting out here with family and friends, their teammates are like their family and seeing their excitement makes me excited," said Director of Sports and Competition for Special Olympics of Kentucky Hunter Brislin.
Region One played this weekend, while Region Two and Region Three will begin tournaments next weekend.
"In my free time when I'm not working, I'm here hanging out with them," said Vance.
Out of the 35 teams that played Saturday, about 15 will go to state. "March Magic" the Special Olympics State Basketball Tournament will be held in Louisville March 8-11.