Unified Sports®

Team sports bring people together. Special Olympics Unified Sports® teams do that, too and much more. More than 1.2 million people worldwide take part in Unified Sports, breaking down stereotypes about people with intellectual disabilities in a really fun way. ESPN has served as the Global Presenting Sponsor of Special Olympics Unified Sports since 2013, supporting the growth and expansion of this program that empowers individuals with and without intellectual disabilities to engage through the power of sports.

Promoting Social Inclusion Through Sport

Special Olympics is 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. That 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 do not often get a chance to play on their school sports teams. More and more U.S. states are adopting the Unified Sports approach that Special Olympics pioneered.

Unified Sports is also an integral part of Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools, which was founded in 2008 and funded through the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs at the U.S. Department of Education to use Special Olympics as a way to build inclusion and tolerance in schools. Unified Sports are now in more than 4500 elementary, middle and high schools in the United States.  Seventy percent of Unified Champion Schools (Pre-K through Grade 12) are engaging in Unified Sports!  Also 215 US colleges and universities have Special Olympics College Clubs on campus, providing ongoing Unified and inclusionary activities for students and Special Olympics athletes.  73 of the 215 US colleges and universities activating Special Olympics College conduct ongoing Unified Sports on their campus.  Learn how to get involved, visit: www.playunified.org.

Our Partners

  • ESPN
  • U.S. Office of Special Education Programs at the U.S. Department of Education (OSEP)
  • Kim Samuel and the Samuel Family Foundation
  • Perfect Sense
  • Y&R
  • Burson-Marsteller
  • The Coca-Cola Company
  • WWE
  • NBA
  • MLS Works
  • Uniqlo
  • Seiko
  • NIRSA
  • NFHS
  • EuroLeague
  • UNICEF
  • UEFA
  • FIFA Football for Hope
  • King Baudouin Foundation

Major sports organization, league and event support to Play Unified

Many high-profile, professional sports organizations and events have also showcased Unified Sports as a vehicle to show the power of inclusive sports!  This support includes:

National Basketball Association (NBA),

Major League Soccer (MLS),

Union of European Football Associations (UEFA),

National Collegiate Athletic Association, D-III,

ESPN's X Games Aspen,

National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) and

National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA). 

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Unified Sports® Events

  • 3月 06 - 4月 28
    Unified Track Team and Student Council End the R-Word
    周一 3月 6 - 周五 4月 28, 2017
     
    Indianapolis
    Inidiana
    USA

    Unified Track Team and Student Council End the R-Word

    周一 3月 6 - 周五 4月 28, 2017
     

    Franklin Central High School, Indianapolis, IN Unified Track Team and Student Council is beginning their campaign to Stop the R-Word and for the whole school to pledge to end the word. We have begun putting up flyers and we will continue this with more flyers, posters, and PSA's for the whole month of March leading up to Autism Awareness month.

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    Venue(s)
    Franklin Central High School
    6215 S. Franklin Road
    Indianapolis, Inidiana
    USA
  • 4月 20 - 4月 28
    Special Olympics Latin America Regional Games
    周四 4月 20 - 周五 4月 28, 2017
     
    8 venues

    Special Olympics Latin America Regional Games

    周四 4月 20 - 周五 4月 28, 2017
     

    For nine days, Panama and the world will witness an unparalleled event where determination, skill, the joy of sport and inclusion will make history. From April 20 to 28, 2017, more than 800 athletes and 200 coaches from Latin America will gather to compete in the III Latin American Special Olympics Games 2017.


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    Venue(s)
    Athletics
    Estadio Rommel Fernandez
    Calle 121 Este
    Panama City, Panamá
    Unified Men's Basketball
    Arena Roberto Duran
    Calle 116 Este
    Panama City, Panamá
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  • 5月
    06
    Unified Volleyball Tournament
    周六 5月 06, 2017
    10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
    Smithfield
    Rhode Island
    USA

    Unified Volleyball Tournament

    周六 5月 06, 2017
    10:00 AM - 03:00 PM

    The Unified Volleyball Tournament will be held at Bryant University in Rhode Island on Saturday, May 6th from 10am - 3pm. 200 athletes and partners will be participating in this fun sporting event!


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    Bryant University
    1150 Douglas Pike
    Smithfield, Rhode Island
    USA
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