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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Basketball Events

  • May 25 - May 28
    2017 Texas Summer Games
    Thu May 25 - Sun May 28, 2017
     
    8 venues
    USA

    2017 Texas Summer Games

    Thu May 25 - Sun May 28, 2017
     

    The 2017 Summer Games will feature competition in Athletics, Basketball, Cycling, Gymnastics and Tennis for more than 3,000 Texas athletes.


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    University of Texas at Arlington
    300 W. First Street
    Arlington
    USA
    Opening Ceremonies and Athletics
    UT Arlington - Maverick Stadium
    1307 W. Mitchell
    Arlington, Texas
    USA
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  • Jun 29 - Jul 02
    Special Olympics France 2017 National Summer Games
    Thu Jun 29 - Sun Jul 02, 2017
     
    Nantes
    France
    France

    Special Olympics France 2017 National Summer Games

    Thu Jun 29 - Sun Jul 02, 2017
     

    For four days, this event will bring together over 1000 athletes and coaches from all over France as well as 100 volunteers and a dozen partners. This major event will allow Special Olympics France athletes to participate in six sports (athletics, motorsports, judo, petanque, 7-a-side football and basketball ) and various discovery activities associating students and school children in the city. Healthy Athletes screenings will also be offered to athletes.


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    Sports Complex Mangin Beaulieu
    2 Rue Louis Joxe
    Nantes, France
    France
  • Jul 07 - Jul 09
    2017 Special Olympics Alberta Summer Games
    Fri Jul 7 - Sun Jul 09, 2017
     
    5 venues
    Canada

    2017 Special Olympics Alberta Summer Games

    Fri Jul 7 - Sun Jul 09, 2017
     

    The 2017 Special Olympics Alberta Summer Games is taking place in Medicine Hat from July 7 to 9. Medicine Hat will host the largest Provincial Summer Games with over 1,200 athletes and coaches from across the province. Athletes will compete in 11 summer sports: 5 and 10 pin bowling, athletics, basketball, bocce, golf, powerlifting, rhythmic gymnastics, soccer, softball and swimming.


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    Basketball, Bocce, Powerlifting, Soccer, Softball and Swimming
    Family Leisure Centre
    2000 Division Ave N.
    Medicine Hat, Alberta
    Canada
    5-pin Bowling and 10-pin Bowling
    Panorama Bowling Lanes
    820 FA Ave SW
    Medicine Hat, Alberta
    Canada
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