Almost 300 basketball players filled Baylor's on-campus gyms this weekend hoping to qualify for the state championships.

The Heart of Texas Special Olympics held its annual area basketball tournament at Baylor University Feb. 23-24, 2018.

The two-day event started with a skills challenge and 3-on-3 tournament Friday and ended with a 5-on-5 tournament Saturday. Even with athletes hoping to qualify for the upcoming State Summer Games in Arlington, area director Tommy Smith said he hopes the players walk out with a smile as big as Texas.

"I hope they have a lot of fun, but also a sense of accomplishment," Smith said. "A sense of looking at the medal or ribbon that they won and knowing that they earned it, because they did."

Special Olympics Texas is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. For more information on Special Olympics Texas, click here.

Heart of Texas Special Olympics will hold its annual Spring Games at Connally High School in Waco on April 21.