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UT sports complex welcomes special basketball tournament

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The local non-profit organization Success 4 Kids and Families hosted the 20th Annual Leonard Shearer March Madness basketball tournament Thursday at the University of Tampa sports complex.

The tournament was started by a special education teacher Leonard Sheer 20 years ago. It is a basketball meet for kids with behavioral needs in Hillsborough County.

Clara Reynolds with S4KF said that this is the only opportunity for children with behavioral health issues to participate in an extra-curriculum sports activity.

"This is the best thing these kids get to do all year," she said.

Over 400 students from the local school participated in the event. It took place at the newly renovated Bob Martinez Sports Complex at UT.

An arts and essay competition was organized for the children with non-athletic talents.

All participants will be honored at a lunch banquet at the Columbia restaurant in Ybor City Friday.

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