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.


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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


April 07, 2014 | North America: Virginia

Better Ball

By Andrea Wilson

Being in the audience at a basketball game didn't seem like much effort, so I went. I was very surprised at what I saw, and not just that I saw a basketball game played like any other high school basketball game.View Story I have a child with special needs, but it's been years since I did something for Special Olympics, and being in the audience at a basketball game didn't seem like much effort, so I went. I was very surprised at what I saw, and not just that I saw a basketball game played like any other high school basketball game. But I didn't see any parents yelling at each other or yelling at kids, any parents drunk, any coaches yelling at kids, any coaches yelling at referees, any fighting or littering. I saw one player with an arm disabled behind him shoot hoops with the other arm. I saw a tiny girl cheerleading squad with girls with special needs doing cheers just fine. And I had some players come over to say hello to me, a stranger and audience member. So when I left all I could think was, "My God. Our games are more normal than the normal people's."

About Andrea Wilson:I am a mother of five, including one special needs teen girl, an ex- teacher of English, quilter, contributer to DressAGirlAround the World & member of the Arc
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March 31, 2014 | Africa: Senegal

An athlete from Senegal takes part in the NBA Unified Sports All Star Jam.

By Ms Rajah Diouri SY

11 Special Olympics Athletes were granted the opportunity to participate in the 3rd Annual NBA Cares Special Olympics Unified® Sports Basketball game and Kady Konè from Special Olympics Senegal was one of them.View Story 11 Special Olympics Athletes were granted the opportunity to participate in the 3rd Annual NBA Cares Special Olympics Unified® Sports Basketball game; part of this year’s NBA All Star Jam Sessions in New Orleans, Louisiana in February. The NBA Legends line-up included the likes of Dikembe Mutombo, Ron Harper, Detlef Schremp, A.C Green, Tamika Catchings, Elena Delle Donne, Lindsay Harding, and Ruth Riley. The event was aired live on ESPN3! The four day extravaganza featured a variety of activities that spread out throughout the city to encourage social responsibility and inclusion. Africa was proudly represented by Ms Kady Konè from Special Olympics Senegal. The NBA global partnership with Special Olympics began more than 30 years ago, when the league helped to introduce basketball as a new sport to the organisation. This has spread out to most regions and is becoming increasingly popular in Africa.

About Ms Rajah Diouri SY :Special Olympics Senegal National Director
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March 24, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Bosnia and Herzegovina

Football agreement signed in Bosnia and Herzegovina to support Special Olympics

By Kada Delic-Selimovic

(l-r) FFBiH General Secretary Jasmin Bakovic and Special Olympics BiH President Enver Coskicic shake hands after signing an agreement that will support Special Olympics players and coaches. Photo courtesty of FFBiH.

Special Olympics Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and the Football Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FFBiH) signed a cooperative agreement on 22 March 2014.View Story Special Olympics Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and the Football Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FFBiH) signed a cooperative agreement on 22 March 2014. The agreement, announced during a press conference in Sarajevo, was signed by FFBiH General Secretary Jasmin Bakovic and Special Olympics BiH President Enver Cosickic. Bakovic said: “I thank our friends at Special Olympics for everything they’ve done and continue to do in their noble cause. This agreement confirms the federation’s will to support socially responsible projects.“ Special Olympics BiH National Director Kada Delic-Selimovic emphasized the importance of the cooperation saying that sports, particularly football and basketball, are the easiest way to include people with special needs into society.

About Kada Delic-Selimovic:Kada Delic-Selimovic is National Director of Special Olympics Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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Upcoming Basketball Events


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May 1 - 3 2014

Summer Games - Wyoming

We are busily planning the 2014 Special Olympics Wyoming Summer Games, and hope that you’ll be able to join us on 1-3 May at Laramie Rec Center. Over 600 athletes and partners from around the state will be competing in aquatics, athletics, basketball and powerlifting. Don't miss out on experiencing the power of sport.
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Laramie Rec Center
920 Boulder Dr.

Laramie, Wyoming
UNITED STATES

May 22 - 25 2014

Texas State Summer Games

The 2014 Summer Games will be held in Arlington, May 22 - 25, 2014. Sports offered will include Athletics, Basketball, Cycling, Gymnastics, Soccer and Tennis. The four-day event will also offer special events including Opening Ceremonies, Victory Dance, Athlete Village and Wellness Park. Athletics, Cycling, Soccer and Tennis will be held on the campus of the University of Texas at Arlington. Basketball will be on UTA's campus as well as at a local high school. Gymnastics will be held at Webb Elementary. For volunteer opportunities, please contact Judy Yoshimaru, Director of Volunteers, at jyoshimaru@sotx.org.
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Sue Galkantas
Email:sgalkantas@sotx.org
Phone:512-491-2943
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University of Texas
Arlington, Texas
UNITED STATES

Jun 6 - 8 2014

Southern California Summer Games Invitational

Please join Special Olympics California as athletes compete in aquatics, athletics, basketball, bocce, golf, and gymnastics. The Games will be held June 6-8, 2014 at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. Along with competitions, the Summer Games will feature free health screenings, a Young Athletes Demonstration, games, live music, and an athlete dance. Bring your family and friends to cheer on and support our athletes. See you there!
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University of Southern California
850 W 37th Street

Los Angeles, California
UNITED STATES

Jun 6 - 8 2014

Maryland State Summer Games

Join Special Olympics Maryland June 6-8 at Towson University in Towson, Maryland as athletes from all over the state compete in athletics, aquatics, bocce, cheerleading, softball and tennis. We hope to see you there!
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Mike Czarnowsky
Email:mczarnowsky@somd.org
Phone:410-242-1515 ext 124
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Towson University
8000 York Rd

Towson, Maryland
UNITED STATES

Jun 12 - 15 2014

2014 Special Olympics Ireland Games

1,500 Special Olympics athletes from the 4 corners of Ireland will paricipate in 14 sports competitions that will inlcude aquatics, athletics, basketball, kayaking, gymnastics, MATP, football, golf, bocce, ptich n putt, bowling, table tennis, badminton and equestrian. Competition will be held in various venues through Limerick and the surrounding areas.
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Various venues
Limerick, Munster
IRELAND

Jun 13 - 21 2014

2014 USA National Games

The USA National Games be centered in and around Princeton and the Greater Mercer County area. Venues will include Princeton University, Rider University, The College of New Jersey, and Mercer County Park. The New Jersey Devils have offered The Prudential Center as the venue for the Opening Ceremonies. The National Games will feature nearly 3,500 athletes competing in 14 Olympic-style sports, with the support of 1,000 coaches, 8,000 volunteers and an estimated 50,000 family, friends and spectators. Non-competitive special events will include the Final Leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run™ that will symbolize the start of the competition and Healthy Athletes, a place where the athletes can get vital health screenings. Youth and education events will also be held in conjunction with the Games as young leaders rally around making change for the better of the Special Olympics movement and promoting acceptance of those with intellectual disabilities.
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Greg Epperson
Email:gepperson@specialolympics.org
Phone:919-785-0700
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Several Locations - New Jersey
Princeton, New Jersey
UNITED STATES

Jul 8 - 12 2014

2014 Canada National Summer Games

The Special Olympics Canada Summer Games will feature 11 sports, making the 2014 Games the largest Canadian Games ever. Athletes will compete in aquatics, athletics, basketball, bocce, bowling, football (Soccer), golf, gymnastics, powerlifting and softball. It is anticipated that over 2,000 athletes, coaches and officials will be part of the 2014 Games, in addition to over 1,000 Event volunteers, who will help to make this an outstanding and truly memorable experience for everyone involved.
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Email:info@vancouver2014.com
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University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia
CANADA

August 18, 2014

Special Olympics Thailand National Games

Athletes across Thailand will gather in Korat to compete in the following eight sports: athletics, bocce (including Unified), basketball, badminton, cricket, football (Male & Female, Unified), swimming and table tennis (including Unified).
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Rachaniwan Bulakul
Email:solympicsthai@gmail.com
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Chalerm Phrakiat 80 Pansa Stadium
Korat, Nakhon Ratchasima
THAILAND

Sep 8 - 10 2014

Special Olympics Pakistan National Games -- Karachi

Starting September 8, over 600 athletes from all over the country of Pakistan will participate in the 2014 Special Olympics Pakistan's National Games in the city of Karachi. Athletes will compete in 2 days of competition in athletics, basketball, badminton and table tennis.
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Ronak Lakhani
Email:Ronak.lakhani@gmail.com
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Multiple locations in Karachi
Karachi, Pakistan
PAKISTAN

Sep 9 - 21 2014

2014 Special Olympics European/Eurasian Summer Games

In September 2014 more than 2,000 athletes from 58 countries will come to Antwerp, Belgium for the 2014 Special Olympics European/Eurasian Summer Games and enjoy 13 days full of joy and friendship. The athletes will compete in 11 sports and be invited to join 5 supporting programs.
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Special Olympics European Games 2014
Email:info@so2014.com
Phone:+32 3 220 25 00
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Various locations, AntwerpAntwerp
BELGIUM

Sep 28 - 30 2014

Special Olympics Pakistan National Games -- Lahore

Starting September 28th, over 600 athletes from all over the country of Pakistan will participate in the 2014 Special Olympics Pakistan's National Games in the city of Lahore. Athletes will compete in 2 days of competition in athletics, basketball, badminton and table tennis.
For more information
Ronak Lakhani
Email:Ronak.lakhani@gmail.com
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Multiple locations in Lahore
Lahore, Pakistan
PAKISTAN

Oct 10 - 12 2014

Special Olympics Bangladesh National Games

Special Olympics Bangladesh’s National Games will welcome an estimated 800 athletes and 100 Unified Sports® partners across Bangladesh. Ten sports will be played: athletics, badminton, basketball, bocce, cricket, football, handball, swimming, table tennis and volleyball. The three day event will be held across different venues: Bangabandhu National Stadium, Army Stadium, National Indoor Stadium & Swimming pool and the Bangladesh Sports Education Institute (BKSP).
For more information
Faruqul Islam
Email:sobangla@gmail.com
Phone:+880 1819 259844
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Bangabandhu National Stadium & other venuesDhaka
BANGLADESH

Oct 13 - 15 2014

Special Olympics Pakistan National Games -- Islamabad

Starting October 13th, over 600 athletes from all over the country of Pakistan will participate in the 2014 Special Olympics Pakistan's National Games in the city of Islamabad. Athletes will compete in 2 days of competition in athletics, basketball, badminton and table tennis.
For more information
Ronak Lakhani
Email:Ronak.lakhani@gmail.com
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Multiple locations in Islamabad
Islamabad, Pakistan
PAKISTAN

October 20, 2014

Special Olympics National Games 2014 Melbourne

The 10th Special Olympics Australia National Games will involve more than 1,200 athletes of all levels competing in 16 Olympic and demonstration sports and events. These Games offer the opportunity for athletes to be selected to represent Australia at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles in 2015. For the majority of competitors, the National Games in Melbourne represents the culmination of four years of competing at local, regional and state level. Competing in the same world-class venues as their Olympic heroes, our Special Olympics athletes will perform in front of their proud parents, friends, supporters and the wider community. Athletes of all abilities will compete in 16 Olympic style sports including AFL and netball as demonstration sports across iconic sporting venues in Melbourne. Other special events include: Healthy Athletes Program, Young Athlete Program (2–7 year old), Athlete Leadership & Ambassador Program, Family Functions Social Outing, Law Enforcement Torch Run, Opening and Closing Ceremonies
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Robyn Cooper
Email:robync@specialolympics.com.au
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Lakeside Stadium & various venuesMelbourne
AUSTRALIA

Nov 1 - 3 2014

Special Olympics Nippon National Summer Games Fukuoka 2014

Athletes from all over Japan will come to the city of Fukuoka for the 2014 Special Olympics Fukuoka Games to participate in 3 days of competition in 12 sports. Athletes will compete in aquatics, athletics, badminton, basketball, bowling, football, golf, gymnastics, table tennis, volleyball and equestrian.
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Sayaka Sonobe
Email:tokyo_office@son.or.jp
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Multiple locations, Fukuoka
Fukuoka , Kyushu
JAPAN

Jul 24 - Aug 2 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

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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.


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