Between 200 and 250 student-athletes from around the area will converge on Neosho Middle School and Neosho Junior High for a Special Olympics basketball tournament this weekend.
The Southwest Basketball Tournament will be held from 9 until around 4 p.m. this Saturday at the two locations, according to Keith Patterson, high school specialty coordinator and coach with Special Olympics.
"We usually play this tournament in Bolivar, but ran into a snag up there this year," he said. "We will have teams from Nevada, Republic, Cassville, Carthage, Joplin, Carl Junction, McDonald County and us."
Three-on-three games will be held in the junior high gym, with four goals set up for half court action. Two floors of five-on-five basketball will be held at the middle school.
Patterson said there was still a need for volunteers, especially those helping with lunch and cleanup. He said many high school students, as well as community members, have come forward to help, including members of sports teams, JROTC and Student Council.
"The volunteers, we couldn't do it without them," he said.
Patterson, volunteer Bill Slade, and student athletes attended the Neosho R-5 Board of Education meeting on Monday.