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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

  • Jun
    07
    Athletes Like Audrey
    Jun 07, 2016
    12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    Grand Rapids
    Michigan
    Athletes Like Audrey

    The premier fundraising event for the Special Olympics Michigan State Basketball Finals is the "Athletes Like Audrey" luncheon held each spring. It honors Mike and Sue Jandernoa's granddaughter Audrey Jandernoa and other children and adults with intellectual disabilities. This year's event will be held on Tuesday, June 7 at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel's Pantlind Ballroom from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $100 each or $1,000 for eight tickets plus a table sponsorship. For information and to purchase tickets, call Krista Paulin at (616) 583-1202 ext. 104. For gift planning or to make a gift, please contact Alison Miller at (989) 621-5580 or alison.miller@somi.org or you may send your gifts to Special Olympics Michigan - 1239 76th Street SW, Suite E., Byron Center, Michigan 49315.

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    Contact: Krista Paulin
    Email: KCPaulin@somi.org
    Phone: 616-583-1202 ext. 10

    Jun 07, 2016
    12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • Sep
    15
    Special Olympics Ukraine III Open Games
    Sep 15, 2016 - Sep 18, 2016
     
    Lviv
    UKRAINE
    Special Olympics Ukraine III Open Games

    The third Special Olympics Ukraine Open Games will involved two days of competitions in nine sports including: Swimming, 5-a-side Football, Floorball, Table Tennis, Unified Basketball, Bocce, Kayaking, and Open Water Swimming. Delegations from across Ukraine as well as other European countries will compete in the Games taking place in the UNESCO Heritage city of Lviv, in central Ukraine. The Games are co-organised by the public youth organisation NGO SAMI.

    For more information
    Contact: Andriiy Porodko
    Email: andriiporodk@gmail.com

    Sep 15, 2016 - Sep 18, 2016
     
    Venues across Lviv City
    Lviv, Ukraine
    UKRAINE
  • Nov
    29
    European Basketball Week
    Nov 29, 2016 - Dec 01, 2016
     
    Poland
    POLAND
    European Basketball Week

    Backed by FIBA Europe and Euroleague Basketball, the aim of Special Olympics European Basketball Week is to expand opportunities across Europe for adults and children with intellectual disabilities.

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    Contact: Mirek Krogulec
    Email: mkrogulec@specialolympics.org

    Nov 29, 2016 - Dec 01, 2016
     
    All over Europe and Central Asia
    Poland, Europe Eurasia
    POLAND
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