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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

  • 3月 03 - 3月 05
    Louisiana State Indoor Games
    周五 3月 3 - 周日 3月 05, 2017
     
    4 venues
    USA

    Louisiana State Indoor Games

    周五 3月 3 - 周日 3月 05, 2017
     

    This is an event for all Areas. Male and female athletes from across the state will compete in basketball, bowling and tennis. Sign up today to play, coach or volunteer for this event.


    Venue(s)
    Tennis
    Independence Community Park
    7500 Independence Blvd
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    USA
    Basketball
    Team Sportsplex
    7122 Perkins Rd
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    USA
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  • 3月
    04
    Unified Sports Rivalry Series - UNC vs. Duke
    周六 3月 04, 2017
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Chapel Hill
    North Carolina, 27514

    Unified Sports Rivalry Series - UNC vs. Duke

    周六 3月 04, 2017
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    The Special Olympics Unified Sports Rivalry Series are games where each team represents one college rival team. The teams are comprised of students from the perspective universities and local Special Olympics athletes. This Series offers Special Olympics athletes a chance to be a part of hype of the varsity game and the challenge to defend their schools' titles!


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    Carmichael Arena
    310 South Rd.
    Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 27514
  • 3月 17 - 3月 19
    Illinois State Basketball Competition
    周五 3月 17 - 周日 3月 19, 2017
     
    Normal
    Illinois
    USA

    Illinois State Basketball Competition

    周五 3月 17 - 周日 3月 19, 2017
     

    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 held 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.

    Venue(s)
    Horton Fieldhouse
    713 W. College Ave.
    Normal, Illinois
    USA
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