The first Unified Estonian basketball team.
In Viljandimaa, Estonia, a Unified Basketball team was formed last year. We had a chance to hear the coach, Kuuno Tiitus, reflect on his experiences.View Story ▼In Viljandimaa, Estonia, a Unified Basketball team was formed last year. We had a chance to hear the coach, Kuuno Tiitus, reflect on his experiences.
In this particular case, one can truly say that the coach was initially the unifying element – he had been coaching a basketball team made up of SO athletes for several years and at one point decided to invite some players from another team he was coaching to join the game as partners. This is how the Unified team was born. The athletes and partners, all of whom are students or alumni of three schools in the area, had until then occasionally been in contact through various school or sports events but they had not played together until last year. Now, especially with the World Games approaching, they play together at least once per week.
Kuuno Tiitus stresses that everybody has very equal skills and abilities and they play similarly on the court – there is no differentiation between who is with and who is without intellectual disability. „
About Tiina Möll:I work with Special Olympics in Estonia.View less ▲