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Unified Sports®

In a Unified basketball game between host Egypt and Algeria, Esraa Hussien of Egypt looks up before shooting. Basketball was one of several sports played that featured teams of people with and without intellectual disabilities.

Team sports bring people together. Special Olympics Unified Sports® teams do that, too and much more. Half a million people worldwide take part in Unified Sports, breaking down stereotypes about people with intellectual disabilities in a really fun way.


300x200 New Jersey Soccer team

Members of the unified soccer team for Special Olympics New Jersey saw the new unified sports legislation signed into law. Learn More

Dedicated to promoting social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences, Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. It was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding.

In Unified Sports, teams are made up of people of similar age and ability, which makes practices more fun and games more challenging and exciting for all. Having sport in common is just one more way that preconceptions and false ideas are swept away.

U.S. States Embracing Unified Sports  

Young people with disabilities don't often get a chance to play on their school sports teams, but more and more U.S. states are adopting the unified sports approach that Special Olympics pioneered. The governor of New Jersey just signed a bill into law that encourages schools to make opportunities for sports participation available to all students. Special Olympics New Jersey, which championed the new law, is cited in the new law as a consulting organization. For almost 20 years, Special Olympics has offered sport teams that blend people with and without intellectual disabilities, and that is a model that encourages sports and fun, and which also gets people together to learn more about each other. Read more about the new law in our press release.

Building Unified Sports With ESPN and Disney 

The Walt Disney Company, ESPN and Special Olympics have announced a two-year global initiative that will leverage the power of sports to promote an environment of social inclusion and acceptance through the Special Olympics Unified Sports program. With a multi-million dollar financial and in-kind investment, Disney and ESPN will support Special Olympics’ goal of registering one million Unified Sports participants--athletes with intellectual disabilities, teammates without intellectual disabilities and coaches--by 2015. Read more about this exciting news.

In addition, thanks to the generosity of Special Olympics Board Member Kim Samuel and her family’s foundation, Special Olympics has been able to build capacity for Unified Sports through technology, enhanced education materials and seed grants to Special Olympics Programs that would not otherwise have the funds to start or expand Unified Sports.


Unified Sports® Coaching Guides

Unfied Sports® Stories and News


junio 25, 2015 | Latin America: Mexico

Creando Equipos Unificados

By Paola Martinelli

Equipo voleibol

Mi nombre es Javier Soto, soy atleta líder y hoy en día mi misión es crear equipos unificados. En los Juegos Nacionales conocí a dos voluntarias a las cuales platicando empezamos a organizar la logística de si seria posible hacer con ellas y sus compañeros de escuela partidos de deportes unificado.View Story Mi nombre es Javier Soto, soy atleta líder y hoy en día mi misión es crear equipos unificados. En los Juegos Nacionales conocí a dos voluntarias a las cuales platicando empezamos a organizar la logística de si seria posible hacer con ellas y sus compañeros de escuela partidos de deportes unificado, ellas muy entusiastas apoyaron a mi equipo de voleibol y después de un mes de planeacion realizamos en su escuela el evento en donde los atletas especiales fuimos a invitar a todos los alumnos a participar y a tener un partido divertido y de convivencia,después de la organización de este evento pensé en también hacer un partido de fútbol en el Comité Olímpico Mexicano así que me decidí e invite a todos los empleados a que se unan y a un partido, lo logramos y pudimos tener partidos de futbol donde atletas de Olimpiadas Especiales y los empleados y fue muy divertido ahora queremos hacer estos partidos una vez al mes.

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junio 25, 2015 | Latin America: Mexico

General Electric trabajando con Olimpiadas Especiales

By Paola Martinelli

La empresa de electrodomésticos General Electric comenzó a trabajar con Olimpiadas Especiales México ya que quien tener la parte de inclusión social en la empresa, el primer proyecto a realizar, fue una Carrera a Color.View Story La empresa de electrodomésticos General Electric comenzó a trabajar con Olimpiadas Especiales México ya que quien tener la parte de inclusión social en la empresa, el primer proyecto a realizar, fue una Carrera a Color, en la cual atletas de Olimpiadas Especiales y colaboradores de GE corrieron juntos 5 kilómetros en una competencia unificada de atletismo. El que una empresa como GE integre a sus colaboradores con atletas con discapacidad intelectual ayuda a que cumplamos nuestra mision.

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junio 25, 2015 | Latin America: Mexico

Construyendo Comunidades en Baja Califronia

By Paola Martinelli

Olimpiadas Especiales México, Baja California y La Coordinación Regional de Educación Especial, a través de La Unidad de Servicio de Apoyo a la Educación Regular # 20 y # 26 de la ciudad de Tijuana.View Story Olimpiadas Especiales México, Baja California y La Coordinación Regional de Educación Especial, a través de La Unidad de Servicio de Apoyo a la Educación Regular # 20 y # 26 de la ciudad de Tijuana. Con Motivo de la “Semana de la Inclusión Educativa” Realizaron una serie de eventos deportivos con las escuelas primarias “Niños Héroes”, “Gral. Ávila Camacho” y “José Vasconcelos” En el cual los atletas de nuestro programa y alumnos con y sin discapacidad de dichas escuelas, participaron conjuntamente en actividades deportivas, demostrando respeto a la diversidad que existe en su comunidad educativo, esto como parte de promover la cultura inclusiva en nuestras comunidades.

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Unified Sports® Events


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agosto 13, 2015

Unified Sports Golf Tournament

Join us August 13th in Douglas, Wyoming as our athletes compete and show their skill in golf competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Special Olympics Wyoming
Phone:307-235-3062
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Douglas, Wyoming
UNITED STATES

agosto 09, 2015

Unified 9-Hole Golf Tournament

Join us September 8th at Lakewood Golf Course in Madison, Maine as our athletes compete and show their skill in Unified golf competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Special Olympics Maine
Phone:207-879-0489
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Lakewood Golf Course
Madison, Maine
UNITED STATES

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