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Special Olympics athletes Nick Van Denburgh of Minnesota and Michael Reed of New Jersey tip off at the 2013 Special Olympics Unified Sports Basketball Game at the NBA All Star Weekend. Photo by Will Schermerhorn

Basketball is a favorite Special Olympics sport. This basketball sport center draws together sport news and stories, upcoming events and links to the Special Olympics Basketball Coaching Guide.


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Get an overview of the sport of Special Olympics basketball.  View the Basketball Fact Sheet

Basketball is one of the top sports at Special Olympics. Players take it up at all ages and at all abilities, from young players learning to handle the ball and keep it under control while dribbling to older, more experienced players who have the moves and know the strategies to play challenging ball.

It's also one of the favorite sports for the Special Olympics Unified Sports initiative, when players with and without intellectual disabilities form teams to play other unified teams. It's a learning experience that's also a lot of fun. 


News and Stories


April 22, 2015 | North America: District of Columbia

Wizards help DC to Spread the Word to End the Word

By Maria-Nelly Johnson

In an effort to raise awareness for the Special Olympics Spread the Word to End the Word campaign, Wizards players participated in a Special Olympics DC Unified basketball game at St. Coletta’s.View Story In an effort to raise awareness for the Special Olympics Spread the Word to End the Word campaign, Wizards players participated in a Special Olympics DC Unified basketball game at St. Coletta’s. A Special Olympics unified game involves teams made up of a mix of people with and without intellectual disabilities. John Wall, Marcin Gortat, Garrett Temple, Otto Porter, Ramon Sessions and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt(Washington Mystics) served as honorary coaches, referees, and game announcers during the game on April 2. The Spread the Word campaign encourages people to not use the word "retard" thoughtlessly. You can see highlights of the game at the link below.

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April 22, 2015 | Latin America: Mexico

I am Cristian Iael and I am a champion

By Paola Martinelli

Christian with his medal at the 2014 National Games

He finished high school and entered a special occupational school where four years ago he was invited to participate in Special Olympics training activities playing basketball.View Story Cristian is 28 years old. He born on July 27, 1986 and lives with his family in Cancun, Quintana Roo. He finished high school and entered a special occupational school where four years ago he was invited to participate in Special Olympics training activities playing basketball. He really likes to live with his peers, but his best performance is in athletics. In the XV Special Olympics National Games Mexico, he won a gold medal competing at 400 meters. He will participate in the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015.

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April 22, 2015 | Latin America: Mexico

Maria Cecilia Alba, a Champion

By Paola Martinelli

Originally from Zacatecas she is a Special Olympics Mexico basketball athlete. She has been invited by Special Olympics International for her high performance to participate in the Unified play with NBA stars.View Story Originally from Zacatecas she is a Special Olympics Mexico basketball athlete. She has been invited by Special Olympics International for her high performance to participate in the Unified play with NBA stars. Maria Cecilia is reliable, dedicated, enthusiastic and committed to everything she does. Thanks to Special Olympics Ceci is doing what she loves and takes care of herself. Through Special Olympics she has traveled the country and around the world. She has been in Special Olympics for 21 years. She has participated in 21 state events, 11 National Games and 3 World Games in the sport of Basketball bowl. Ceci loves to help his friends and take care of her dad. She will participate this summer in the 2015 World Games in Los Angeles, California, USA.

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Upcoming Basketball Events


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Event

Location

May 13 - 15 2015

Oklahoma State Summer Games

Special Olympics Oklahoma athletes numbering in the thousands will meet in Stillwater in May for Summer Games. Staff and hundreds of volunteers are on hand to make sure athletes have three days full of competitions, Olympic-style ceremonies, Olympic Village, food, housing and many fun activities. Special Olympics Oklahoma athletes will compete in nine sports: Athletics (Track and Field), Bocce, Bowling, Golf, Horseshoes, Powerlifting, Unified 3-on-3 Basketball, and Unified Softball. Other events include Motor Activities and Stars of the Future.
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Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, Oklahoma
UNITED STATES

May 25 - 27 2015

2015 Special Olympics Ontario Provincial School Championships

Join us on May 25-27 in Oshawa, Ontario Canada as our as athletes compete and show their skill in basketball, bocce, soccer, and track & field 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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Oshawa, Ontario
CANADA

Jun 4 - 6 2015

Pennsylvania State Summer Games

The Special Olympics Pennsylvania Summer Games will be held at Penn State University in State College. The event will together over 2,000 athletes and 750 coaches from across the state. This is our largest event of the year. The Summer Games will feature three days of intense competition in aquatics, athletics, basketball, bowling, equestrian, golf, gymnastics, softball and tennis. Every race, every game, every competition held at Summer Games represents many weeks of training, preparation and dedication on the part of our athletes, coaches and volunteers. Spectators are welcome to visit any of the competition venues and cheer on the athletes.
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Penn State University
State College, Pennsylvania
UNITED STATES

Jun 19 - 20 2015

Idaho State Summer Games

Come and cheer on our athletes during our State Summer Games as they demonstrate their courage and determination for 2 days of sport competition in athletics, basketball, aquatics, cycling and powerlifting. This event will be held on June 19-20 at in Moscow, Idaho. Support our athletes and experience sports in its truest form. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Moscow, Idaho
UNITED STATES

Jul 24 - Aug 2 2015

World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015

In July of 2015 more than 7,000 athletes from 170 countries will come to Los Angeles, California for the Special Olympics World Summer Games and enjoy 10 days full of joy, friendship and competition. Athletes will compete in 22 sports. The event expects to attract 500,000 spectators and 30,000 volunteers and 3,000 coaches.
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World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015
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Phone:213-892-6018
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Various Locations, Los Angeles
Los Angeles , California
UNITED STATES

November 07, 2015

Coaches Training - Conference

Join us on November 7th at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. This coaches training will cover the following sports: poly hockey, bowling, basketball, and Winter Games sports. To register for this event please use the link below. If you have further question please contact Zach Warner at warne1zd@cmich.edu.
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Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, Michigan
UNITED STATES

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Basketball Competitions

2014 Canada Summer Games

The Special Olympics 2014 Canada Summer Games was the largest Canadian Games ever. See results and teams.


2014 USA Games

The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games ran June 14-21. See results and stories.


2014 Southern California Summer Invitational Games

Special Olympics athletes from Southern California and from around the world competed in Los Angeles. See results and teams.


2013 Asia Pacific Games

Athletes from 30 Asia Pacific and East Asia regions compete in the inaugural Special Olympics 2013 Asia Pacific Games. Get schedules and results.


2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games

Athens, Greece, was the home of the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games. That year, it was the world’s largest sporting event for athletes with intellectual disabilities. See results by athlete, delegation and bib number.


How to Get Involved in Special Olympics

Special Olympics sports training, coaching and competitions go on in more than 170 countries around the world. You can get involved by getting in touch with the closest Special Olympics office.

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