Welcome To Special Olympics International!

We are a global organization with programs in 170 countries. This site may be customized by language and geographic region.

Basketball

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.

Top Sport

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.

About This Page

Special Olympics focuses on the individuality of each athlete so that coaches can train and encourage growth in skills and accomplishment. The coaching materials, rules and other resources on this page have been specially prepared for coaches working with people with intellectual disabilities. Coaching Special Olympics athletes calls for the same skills and experience that many coaches are familiar with. The extra information in our coaching guides about working with people with ID is what makes our materials helpful and valuable.

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Upcoming Basketball Events

  • Dec
    15
    Unified Athletics Recognition Night
    Dec 15, 2016
    06:30 PM - 09:00 PM
    Columbus
    Indiana
    Unified Athletics Recognition Night

    Thursday, December 15th will be a special night. Not only is it the East vs North girls basketball game, but it is our Unified-Athlete recognition night featuring the Unified Track/basketball athletes and the Unified dance team. Between the JV & V Girls game- Prior to varsity warm-up period there will be a 12-minute running clock unified basketball game between the East & North Unified teams. Halftime during the varsity game- Unified dance Team will perform Pass the bucket collection to support both school unified programs will take place between the first and second quarters of the varsity game. Please plan to attend this special event.

    For more information
    Contact: Pete Huse (Athletic Director)
    Email: husep@bcsc.k12.in.us
    Phone: 812-376-4365

    Dec 15, 2016
    06:30 PM - 09:00 PM
    Columbus East vs. Columbus North JV & Varsity Basketball Game
    230 S Marr Rd.
    Columbus, Indiana
    UNITED STATES
  • Jan
    19
    Jefferson Area Middle School Unified Basketball
    Jan 19, 2017
    12:00 AM
    Metarie
    Louisiana
    Jefferson Area Middle School Unified Basketball

    This is an event for the Jefferson Area. Male and female Athletes and Unified Partners from the area will compete. To play, coach or volunteer for this event use the link below see your area contacts.

    For more information
    More Details

    Jan 19, 2017
    12:00 AM
    Ree Allerio Center
    Metarie, Louisiana
    UNITED STATES
  • Jan
    26
    Jefferson Area High School Unified Basketball
    Jan 26, 2017
    09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
    Metarie
    Louisiana
    Jefferson Area High School Unified Basketball

    This is an event for the Jefferson Area. Male and female Athletes and Unified Partners from the area will compete. To play, coach or volunteer for this event see your area contacts.

    For more information
    More Details

    Jan 26, 2017
    09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
    Ree Allerio Center
    Metarie, Louisiana
    UNITED STATES
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