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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


ربيع الأول 18, 1414 | SOI General: Headquarters

Unified on the Court in North Carolina

By Rebecca Ralston

Energy was high and the competition was fierce as students from the University of North Carolina, along with Special Olympics athletes from Orange County, took on the Duke Blue Devils and local Durham County athletes in the first Special Olympics Unified Sports basketball game.View Story Energy was high and the competition was fierce as students from the University of North Carolina, along with Special Olympics athletes from Orange County, took on the Duke Blue Devils and local Durham County athletes in the first Special Olympics Unified Sports basketball game. Despite a tight game and aggressive play, the home team pulled away with the victory – the game’s final score was Duke – 42, UNC – 37. Nearly 400 students and community members came out to support the teams and shared in the energy, passion and determination of Unified Sports.

About Rebecca Ralston:I work for Special Olympics Project UNIFY with a focus in Youth Leadership.
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ربيع الأول 18, 1414 | North America: New York

The Unified Basketball Tournament at New Paltz

By Zach Morales

On Sunday, March 10th, we went to the Unified Basketball Tournament at New Paltz. It was a very exciting and great game.View Story On Sunday, March 10th, we went to the Unified Basketball Tournament at New Paltz, NY. The athletes were Felix, Rafael, Zach, Brenda, Linda, Molly, Kathy, Abigail, Hunter, Mike and Jacob. We had our own room downstairs to leave our belongings there during the basketball tournament. We went upstairs to the gymnasium. We sat on the bleachers, and we watched the teams competing against each other, trying to score the points by getting the basketball through a high net. At 12:00, we played against the teams, trying to score the points by trying to get the ball through a high net. We played several games for six minutes. Afterwards, we received bronze medals because we came in third place. Then, we took our belongings from downstairs, and we went to the school bus. We went to McDonald's to eat something. It was a very exciting and great game on that day. My favorite part about the basketball was playing against the teams and trying to score the points.

About Zach Morales:I am a 10th grader and I go to Sleepy Hollow High School, the home of the Headless Horsemen. I participate on our Special Olympics Pioneer League team. This was our first Unified Basketball tournament.
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ربيع الأول 18, 1414 | Europe Eurasia: Germany

Inclusion is working for TSV Hagen Unified

By Daniel Stanev

picture taken from www.tsv1860basketmen.de

Special education teacher Heinz-Werner Schmunz first heard of Special Olympics when he accompanied some of his students to Special Olympics Germany´s National Winter Games 2001, and it did not take long for Special Olympics to win his heart.View Story Special education teacher Heinz-Werner Schmunz first heard of Special Olympics when he accompanied some of his students to Special Olympics Germany´s National Winter Games 2001, and it did not take long for Special Olympics to win his heart. Back home in Hagen, North Rine-Westphalia, the former Basketball professional player (1971 – 1981 for SSV Hagen) launched a basketball program at his school. Teams from Gustav-Heinemann-Schule have so far competed on several regional tournaments and National Games and represented SO Germany at SO World Summer Games 2007 in Shanghai. Recruiting Unified Partners from Basketball club BBV Hagen and athletes from Gustav-Heinemann-Schule, Heinz-Werner started a Unified Basketball Team in 2008. Since 2009 this team, TSV Hagen Unified, participates in the city´s regular Basketball league operation, competing with teams of players without intellectual disabilities on a weekly basis. Heinz-Werner and his team proved to all of us: Inclusion is working!

About Daniel Stanev:I have been working for Special Olympics Germany since April 2011. My personal highlight since working for SO Germany was being part of the German delegation during Special Olympics World Summer Games Athens 2011.
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Upcoming Basketball Events


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جمادى الثانية 29 - 19 2015

Spring Sports Basketball Tournament

Special Olympics Vermont Spring Sports is a basketball tournament in disguise. This is an exciting weekend competition that takes places at the University of Vermont’s Patrick Gymnasium. The event includes traditional Special Olympics competition as well as Unified Sports® team basketball.
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Phone:802-863-5222
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Patrick Gymnasium, University of Vermont
97 Spear Street

Burlington, Vermont
UNITED STATES

رجب 24 - 15 2015

Oklahoma State Summer Games

Special Olympics Oklahoma athletes numbering in the thousands will meet in Stillwater in May for Summer Games. Staff and hundreds of volunteers are on hand to make sure athletes have three days full of competitions, Olympic-style ceremonies, Olympic Village, food, housing and many fun activities. Special Olympics Oklahoma athletes will compete in nine sports: Athletics (Track and Field), Bocce, Bowling, Golf, Horseshoes, Powerlifting, Unified 3-on-3 Basketball, and Unified Softball. Other events include Motor Activities and Stars of the Future.
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Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, Oklahoma
UNITED STATES

شعبان 7 - 27 2015

2015 Special Olympics Ontario Provincial School Championships

Join us on May 25-27 in Oshawa, Ontario Canada as our as athletes compete and show their skill in basketball, bocce, soccer, and track & field competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Oshawa, Ontario
CANADA

شعبان 17 - 6 2015

Pennsylvania State Summer Games

The Special Olympics Pennsylvania Summer Games will be held at Penn State University in State College. The event will together over 2,000 athletes and 750 coaches from across the state. This is our largest event of the year. The Summer Games will feature three days of intense competition in aquatics, athletics, basketball, bowling, equestrian, golf, gymnastics, softball and tennis. Every race, every game, every competition held at Summer Games represents many weeks of training, preparation and dedication on the part of our athletes, coaches and volunteers. Spectators are welcome to visit any of the competition venues and cheer on the athletes.
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Penn State University
State College, Pennsylvania
UNITED STATES

رمضان 2 - 20 2015

Idaho State Summer Games

Come and cheer on our athletes during our State Summer Games as they demonstrate their courage and determination for 2 days of sport competition in athletics, basketball, aquatics, cycling and powerlifting. This event will be held on June 19-20 at in Moscow, Idaho. Support our athletes and experience sports in its truest form. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Phone:800-915-6510
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Moscow, Idaho
UNITED STATES

شوال 8 - شوال 17 2015

World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015

In July of 2015 more than 7,000 athletes from 170 countries will come to Los Angeles, California for the Special Olympics World Summer Games and enjoy 10 days full of joy, friendship and competition. Athletes will compete in 22 sports. The event expects to attract 500,000 spectators and 30,000 volunteers and 3,000 coaches.
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World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015
Email:info@la2015.org
Phone:213-892-6018
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Various Locations, Los Angeles
Los Angeles , California
UNITED STATES

محرم 25, 1437

Coaches Training - Conference

Join us on November 7th at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. This coaches training will cover the following sports: poly hockey, bowling, basketball, and Winter Games sports. To register for this event please use the link below. If you have further question please contact Zach Warner at warne1zd@cmich.edu.
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Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, Michigan
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 compete in Los Angeles.


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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