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

  • feb.
    11
    Basketball team 5 on 5
    feb. 11, 2016
    9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    Lyman
    South Carolina
    Basketball team 5 on 5

    Join us February 11th at Limestone College in Lyman, South Carolina as our athletes compete and show their skill in 5 on 5 team basketball competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.

    For more information
    Contact: Paula White
    Email: pgwhite@spart7.org
    Phone: 864-706-0043

    feb. 11, 2016
    9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    Limestone College
    110 Maryland Ave
    Lyman, South Carolina
    UNITED STATES
  • feb.
    13
    Higgins Lake Polar Plunge
    feb. 13, 2016
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Roscommon
    Michigan
    Higgins Lake Polar Plunge

    The Higgins Lake Polar Plunge will take place on February 13, 2016 at the Gerrish Township Marina on Higgins Lake. Registration will begin at 1:00 p.m. The parade of costumes and plunge will begin at 2:00 p.m.

    For more information
    More Details
    Contact: Andrea Rachko
    Email: rachk1am@cmich.edu
    Phone: 989-774-3911

    feb. 13, 2016
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Gerrish Township Marina
    Roscommon, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • feb.
    13
    Lake Orion Polar Plunge
    feb. 13, 2016
    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Lake Orion
    Michigan
    Lake Orion Polar Plunge

    Mark your calendars for February 13, 2016 The 2016 Lake Orion Polar Plunge will be held at the Lake Orion Buffalo Wild Wings. Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. The parade of costumes and plunge will begin at 10:00 a.m. The Awards and Post Plunge Party will begin immediately following the last plunger.

    For more information
    More Details
    Contact: Andrea Rachko
    Email: rachk1am@cmich.edu
    Phone: 989-774-3911

    feb. 13, 2016
    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Buffalo Wild Wings
    770 North Lapeer Road
    Lake Orion, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
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