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We are a global organization with programs in 170 countries. This site may be customized by language and geographic region.

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

  • oct.
    16
    Unified Basketball Matches
    oct. 16, 2016
    12:00 PM - 06:00 PM
    Kansas City
    Kansas
    Unified Basketball Matches

    Unified Basketball Matches will be held on October 16 from 12:00pm – 6:00pm. This event will be held at Sumner Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1610 N 8th St, Kansas City, KS 66101. Over 22 teams are expected to participate. Please contact Clint Armistead at armisteadc@ksso.org for more information.

    For more information
    More Details
    Contact: Clint Armistead
    Email: armisteadc@ksso.org
    Phone: 913-236-9290

    oct. 16, 2016
    12:00 PM - 06:00 PM
    Sumner Academy of Arts and Sciences
    1610 N 8th St
    Kansas City, Kansas
    UNITED STATES
  • nov.
    29
    European Basketball Week
    nov. 29, 2016 - dic. 01, 2016
     
    Poland
    POLAND
    European Basketball Week

    Backed by FIBA Europe and Euroleague Basketball, the aim of Special Olympics European Basketball Week is to expand opportunities across Europe for adults and children with intellectual disabilities.

    For more information
    More Details
    Contact: Mirek Krogulec
    Email: mkrogulec@specialolympics.org

    nov. 29, 2016 - dic. 01, 2016
     
    All over Europe and Central Asia
    Poland, Europe Eurasia
    POLAND
  • mar.
    25
    Spring Games - Basketball
    mar. 25, 2017 - mar. 26, 2017
     
    Wildwood
    New Jersey
    Spring Games - Basketball

    Join us March 25-26 at Wildwood in Wildwood, New Jersey as our athletes compete and show their skill in 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: Angela Huggins
    Email: akh@sonj.org
    Phone: 609-896-8000

    mar. 25, 2017 - mar. 26, 2017
     
    Wildwood
    Wildwood, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
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