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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


August 14, 2015 | North America: Florida

The Story about Myself

By Michael Rivera

I have loved basketball since I was 8 years old. I have grand mal seizure, ADHD; I’m currently in high school. Growing up was really hard for me because I didn’t have any friends at all, & I would get bullied a lot.View Story My name is Michael Rivera; I have loved basketball since I was 8 years old. I have grand mal seizure, ADHD; I’m currently in high school. Growing up was really hard for me because I didn’t have any friends at all, & I would get bullied a lot. My dad & I, we would watch the Miami Heat on T.V. & that’s when I started liking the sport Basketball. I always wanted to be part of a team, but because of my disability no one ever gave me the chance, till my parents moved to Orlando, FL & I started attending Winter Park HS. Thanks to coach Blackmon he gave me the chance to be the basketball team manager. Being part of Special Olympics has changed my life completely; I have won many ribbons and medals too. I’m also a FHSAA State Basketball Championship. My family is very proud of me of what I have accomplished, but I’m not done yet. My dream is to be a basketball coach and still be part of Special Olympics. I give my thanks to my parents for being there for me & supporting me even though it has been rough.

About Michael Rivera:My name is Michael Rivera; I love basketball since I was 8 years old. I have grand mal seizure, ADHD, and I’m Intellectual disabled. I’m currently in high school and I’m also 18 years old.
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August 14, 2015 | SOI: Europe-Eurasia

Special Olympics Global Ambassador Yao Ming becomes Sports Awards Judge

By Suzanne Coogan

Special Olympics Global Ambassador and one of the world’s biggest sporting icons will be on the judging panel for a new global sport awards event to be held in Abu Dhabi. Yao Ming is China’s most famous sporting figure and remains an inspiration for young athletes.View Story Special Olympics Global Ambassador and one of the world’s biggest sporting icons will be on the judging panel for a new global sport awards event to be held in Abu Dhabi. Yao Ming is China’s most famous sporting figure and remains an inspiration for young athletes. Ming who was a leading player for the NBA's Houston Rockets, confirmed that he will be part of the Sport Media Pearl Awards - an awards competition to showcase the best in sports journalism. He will be part of an elite judging panel looking at entries from sport journalists from all over the world who report on everything from amateur to professional sporting events. The Awards, managed by AIPS (International Sports Press Association) and hosted by Abu Dhabi Media, are the first international awards dedicated to the sport media industry. They are designed to put the spotlight on sport reporting. Submissions are open in six categories: Writing, Photography, Audio, Video, Journalistic, Weblog and Sport for a Better World.

About Suzanne Coogan:Senior Manager, Media and Public Awareness for Special Olympics Europe Eurasia
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August 11, 2015 | North America: Southern California

Learning Fro Coaching

By Frank Casias

I have been coaching bowling Special Olympics Bowling for the past 3 years. This past spring I stepped forward and began coaching a basketball team.View Story I have been coaching bowling Special Olympics Bowling for the past 3 years. This past spring I stepped forward and began coaching a basketball team. Our team went to the Southern California Summer Games earned a Bronze medal(s). I was teaching them the skills and they were teaching me to me more understanding of their desires. My own son has been in Special Olympics for several years now, He competed in Basketball and Bowling, This past spring/summer he competed in 4 track and field events. He is an inspiration to the other players. He is always helping them out whenever their feel down. Ever since he was 7 year old we have had a different insight into the 'special' children and , now, adults. It makes my heart feel 'GOOD'.

About Frank Casias:I'm retired now, and spend my 'spare' time working with youth and the disadvantaged. Ever since I was involved with the U.S. Jaycees, I was involved with 'projects' that were aimed at helping the underprivledge. After there I went to re-paying what I was taught in Boy Scouts and became a Scoutmaster. Since involved with the Scouting program. But I've added Special Olympics to my agenda. Watching my son during his first year and stepping forward to become a coach for Bowling and now I'm coach a team for basketball, that practice at Pierce Jr. College.
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Upcoming Basketball Events


Date

Event

Location

Sep 26 - 26 2015

Education and Fun Day

Join us September 26th at Independence Park in Kingston 6, Jamaica as we celebrate EKS Day with day of Unified Sports, bocce, football and basketball. For more details please use the contact information below.
For more information
Lorna Bell
Email:sojamaica@cwjamaica.com
Phone:876-906-0752
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Independence ParkKingston 6
JAMAICA

Nov 28 - Dec 6 2015

European Basketball Week

European Basketball Week is when we ask the broader basketball community to open more opportunities for athletes with intellectual disabilities in the game. Basketball Week involves athletes with and without intellectual disabilities, coaches, fans and families at more than 200 basketball events, matches, clinics and exhibitions across 33 countries.
For more information
Mirek Krogulec
Email:MKrogulec@specialolympics.org
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Various courts throughout Europe
Various communities in Europe Eurasia, Various
POLAND

January 14, 2016

Basketball 5 on 5 & Cheerleading

Join the Area 12 5 on 5 basketball teams for their local competition and check out the cheerleading competition as well! (Inclement weather make up date is Feb. 13)
For more information
Paula White
Email:pgwhite@spart7.com
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Limestone College
1115 College Drive

Gaffney, South Carolina
UNITED STATES

February 25, 2016

Area 7 Basketball Tournament

Join us February 25th at Airport High School in West Columbia, South Carolina as schools from Lexington School Districts 1-5 and Richland 2 will come together to compete in individual skills, team skills, 3x3 traditional and Unified, and 5x5 traditional and Unified basketball competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports.
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Airport High School
1315 Boston Ave

West Columbia, South Carolina
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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