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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


марта 18, 2014 | 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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марта 18, 2014 | 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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марта 18, 2014 | 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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Event

Location

фев 27 - 28 2015

Kansas City - Regional Basketball

Join us February 27-28 in Kansas City, Missouri for the Kansas City Regional Basketball Tournament. Basketball competition will be held at the following locations: Bell Prairie Elementary School; New Mark Middle School; Oak Park High School; Staley High School; Winnetonka High School. The Opening Ceremony will be held on Feb 27th and competition will start February 28th at 8 a.m. Attention volunteers! We need people to run check-in and serve as scorekeepers, awards assistants and individual skills assistants. No experience is necessary as we will provide training on site. Most shifts are four hours, and each volunteer receives a free T-shirt. Please use the link below to go to the Special Olympics Missouri for information on how to volunteer for this event.
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North Kansas City School District
Kansas City, Missouri
UNITED STATES

февраля 27, 2015

UP Basketball Tournament

Come and cheer on our athletes as the demonstrate their grit and determination in basketball competition. This event will be held February 27-28 at Escanaba High School in Escanaba, Michigan. Support our athletes and experience sports in its truest form. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Joyce Destrampe
Email:area01@somi.org
Phone:906-428-3323
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Escanaba High School
500 S. Lincoln Road

Escanaba, Michigan
UNITED STATES

февраля 28, 2015

State Unified Basketball Finals

Approximately 450 athletes and 125 coaches/chaperones participate in the state unified basketball finals each year. Unified basketball teams consist of players both with and without intellectual disabilities. Unified Basketball Tournament Schedule (Subject to Change): Saturday, February 28, 2015. 8:00 a.m.: Coaches Meeting. 8:30 a.m.: Opening Ceremony. 9:00 a.m.: Competition Begins - WMU Student Recreation Center. 10:00 a.m.: Parents' Reception - WMU Student Recreation Center. 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.: Lunch - WMU Bernhard Center. 3:00 p.m. (approximately): End of Competition WMU Student Recreation Center
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Nick Caudle
Email:caudl1n@cmich.edu
Phone:616-583-1202
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Western Michigan University's Student Recreation Center
Kalamazoo, Michigan
UNITED STATES

июля 03, 2015

Jefferson City - Regional Basketball

Join us Saturday, March 7th in Jefferson City, Missouri for the Jefferson City Regional Basketball Tournament. Basketball competition will be held at the following locations: First Baptist Church (301 E Capitol Ave); Lewis & Clark Middle School (325 Lewis and Clark Dr); Simonsen Ninth Grade Center (501 E Miller St), Thomas Jefferson Middle Scool (1201 Fairgrounds Rd) and Trinity Lutheran Church (803 Swifts Hwy). Competition will begin at 8am and go through 6pm. Attention volunteers! We need people to run check-in and serve as scorekeepers, awards assistants and individual skills assistants. No experience is necessary as we will provide training on site. Most shifts are four hours, and each volunteer receives a free T-shirt. Please use the link below to go to the Special Olympics Missouri for information on how to volunteer for this event.
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Susan Shaffer
Email:Shaffer@somo.org
Phone:573-635-1660
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Jefferson City
Jefferson City, Missouri
UNITED STATES

июля 03, 2015

Special Olympics North Carolina West Basketball Tournament

Come and cheer on our athletes as they demonstrate their courage and determination for a day basketball competition. This event will be held on March 7th at various locations throughout Charlotte, North Carolina. Support our athletes and experience sports in its truest form. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Megan O'Donnell
Email:modonnell@sonc.net
Phone:919-818-4598
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Various Locations in Charlotte
Charlotte, North Carolina
UNITED STATES

июл 3 - авг 3 2015

St. Louis & Southeast - Regional Basketball Tournament

Join us March 7-8 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri for the St. Louis & Southeast Regional Basketball Tournament. Basketball competition will be held at the following locations: SEMO, Osage Center and Cape School District. The Opening Ceremony will be held on March 7th at 6 p.m. and competition will begin March 8th at 8 a.m. Attention volunteers! We need people to run check-in and serve as scorekeepers, awards assistants and individual skills assistants. No experience is necessary as we will provide training on site. Most shifts are four hours, and each volunteer receives a free T-shirt. Please use the link below to go to the Special Olympics Missouri for information on how to volunteer for this event.
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Susan Shaffer
Email:shaffer@somo.org
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Southeast Missouri State University, Osage Center & Cape Girardeau School District
Cape Girardeau, Missouri
UNITED STATES

мар 13 - 15 2015

Illinois State Basketball Tournament

What is State Basketball? State Basketball is one of 9 state sports competitions. It is the culminating competition for those participating in team and individual skills basketball. State Basketball is hosted at Horton Fieldhouse – ISU and the Shirk Center- IWU. Approximately 1,540 athletes will compete in this 3-day event and show off their winning form! The State Basketball Tournament is supported, in part, by a grant from the Shirk Family Foundation. Hope to see you there!
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David Shindley
Email:dshindley@soill.org
Phone:309-888-2551
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ISU & IWU Campus
Bloomington, Illinois
UNITED STATES

марта 14, 2015

Traditional Basketball Tournament

Come and cheer on our athletes as the demonstrate their grit and determination for a day basketball tournament. This event will be held on March 14th at Holy Cross High School in Waterbury, Connecticut. Support our athletes and experience sports in its truest form. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Special Olympics Connecticut
Email:specialolympicsct@soct.org
Phone:203-230-1201
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Holy Cross High School
Waterbury, Connecticut
UNITED STATES

марта 14, 2015

SONC East Basketball Tournament

Come and cheer on our athletes as the demonstrate their grit and determination for a day basketball competition. This event will be held on March 14th at various locations throughout Kenly, Micro, Selma and Smithfield, North Carolina. Support our athletes and experience sports in its truest form.
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Megan O'Donnell
Email:modonnell@sonc.net
Phone:919-818-4598
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Various Locations
Kenly, Micro, Selma, Smithfield, North Carolina
UNITED STATES

мар 19 - 21 2015

State Basketball & Cheerleading

Join us on March 19-21 at Ft. Hays State University in Hays, Kansas as our athletes compete and show their skill during the Special Olympics Kansas State Basketball & Cheerleading Tournament. For more information about the tournament see the contact info and link below. Hope to see you there!
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Tim Rehder
Email:rehdert@ksso.org
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Ft Hays State University
Hays, Kansas
UNITED STATES

мар 20 - 21 2015

Virginia Basketball Championships

It's March Madness Special Olympics Virginia style! Don't miss a moment of our annual Basketball Championships in Stafford, including the GEICO All-Star Friday Night basketball challenge, athlete and coach shootouts, the Victory Dance, plus skills, half court, and full court action all day Saturday. Event Volunteer roles are covered by Stafford County schools, but we need FANS for our athletes! Make Basketball Championships special - Volunteer 2 Cheer! Visit volunteer2cheer.com to sign up to be a fan and support our athletes with your cheers.
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Stafford County Schools
Stafford, Virginia
UNITED STATES

мар 21 - 22 2015

2015 Basketball Tournament

Join us 21-22 March 2015 in Frederick, Maryland as over 400 athletes and 70 Unified partners from around the state compete in two days of basketball tournament action. Events will include 5 v. 5 traditional competition and well as 5 v. 5 Unified competition. For schedule and location details please refer to link below.
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Schedule Details
Mike Czarnowsky
Email:mczarnowsky@somd.org
Phone:410-242-1515
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Hood College
401 Rosemont Ave

Frederick, Maryland
UNITED STATES

мар 27 - 29 2015

Missouri State Indoor Games

The 2015 State Indoor Games will be held at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri from March 27-29. Competition will begin at 8 a.m. on March 27th and go until 6 p.m on March 29th. The sports offered are basketball and bowling. Athletes are allowed to participate in both of these sports.
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Susan Shaffer
Email:shaffer@somo.org
Phone:573-635-1660
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Fort Leonard Wood
Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri
UNITED STATES

мар 27 - 28 2015

State Basketball Finals

Approximately 530 athletes and 170 coaches/chaperones participate in the state basketball finals each year. This tournament includes competition for senior male, female and skills athletes. Competition begins on Friday, March 27 and continues through Saturday, March 28. The Opening Ceremony and Victory Dance is March 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
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Complete Schedule
Aaron Mills
Email:aaron.mills@somi.org
Phone:989-774-4393
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Rockford High School, Freshman Center and North Middle School
Rockford, Michigan
UNITED STATES

май 13 - 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

апр 6 - июн 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

июл 24 - фев 8 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

июля 11, 2015

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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Zach Warner
Email: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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