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Unified Sports®

Team sports bring people together. Special Olympics Unified Sports® teams do that, too and much more. Half a million people worldwide take part in Unified Sports, breaking down stereotypes about people with intellectual disabilities in a really fun way.

Social Inclusion Through Sports

Dedicated to promoting social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences, Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. It was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding. 

In Unified Sports, teams are made up of people of similar age and ability, which makes practices more fun and games more challenging and exciting for all. Having sport in common is just one more way that preconceptions and false ideas are swept away. 

U.S. States Embracing Unified Sports   

Young people with disabilities don't often get a chance to play on their school sports teams, but more and more U.S. states are adopting the unified sports approach that Special Olympics pioneered. The governor of New Jersey just signed a bill into law that encourages schools to make opportunities for sports participation available to all students. Special Olympics New Jersey, which championed the new law, is cited in the new law as a consulting organization. For almost 20 years, Special Olympics has offered sport teams that blend people with and without intellectual disabilities, and that is a model that encourages sports and fun, and which also gets people together to learn more about each other. Read more about the new law in our press release. 

Building Unified Sports With ESPN and Disney 

The Walt Disney Company, ESPN and Special Olympics have announced a two-year global initiative that will leverage the power of sports to promote an environment of social inclusion and acceptance through the Special Olympics Unified Sports program. With a multi-million dollar financial and in-kind investment, Disney and ESPN will support Special Olympics' goal of registering one million Unified Sports participants--athletes with intellectual disabilities, teammates without intellectual disabilities and coaches--by 2015. Read more about this exciting news

In addition, thanks to the generosity of Special Olympics Board Member Kim Samuel and her family's foundation, Special Olympics has been able to build capacity for Unified Sports through technology, enhanced education materials and seed grants to Special Olympics Programs that would not otherwise have the funds to start or expand Unified Sports.

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Unified Sports® Events

  • jul.
    17
    The Kim Källström Trophy
    jul. 17, 2016 - jul. 21, 2016
     
    Gothenburg
    SWEDEN
    The Kim Källström Trophy

    The sixth edition of Kim Källström Trophy will be played between 17 and 21 July 2016. 30 teams, including Unified teams, from all over the world are expected to compete. The Kim Källström Trophy is a co-operation between Gothia Cup, Special Olympics and Swedish national player Kim Källström.

    For more information
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    Email: info@gothiacup.se
    Phone: +46 (0) 31-50 67 80

    jul. 17, 2016 - jul. 21, 2016
     
    Heden Playing Centre
    Gothenburg
    SWEDEN
  • sep.
    15
    Special Olympics Ukraine III Open Games
    sep. 15, 2016 - sep. 18, 2016
     
    Lviv
    UKRAINE
    Special Olympics Ukraine III Open Games

    The third Special Olympics Ukraine Open Games will involved two days of competitions in nine sports including: Swimming, 5-a-side Football, Floorball, Table Tennis, Unified Basketball, Bocce, Kayaking, and Open Water Swimming. Delegations from across Ukraine as well as other European countries will compete in the Games taking place in the UNESCO Heritage city of Lviv, in central Ukraine. The Games are co-organised by the public youth organisation NGO SAMI.

    For more information
    Contact: Andriiy Porodko
    Email: andriiporodk@gmail.com

    sep. 15, 2016 - sep. 18, 2016
     
    Venues across Lviv City
    Lviv, Ukraine
    UKRAINE
  • nov.
    12
    State Poly Hockey & Unified Bowling Finals
    nov. 12, 2016 - nov. 13, 2016
     
    Lansing
    Michigan
    State Poly Hockey & Unified Bowling Finals

    More than 1,200 athletes, coaches and chaperones from 46 counties take part in the State Poly Hockey & Unified Bowling Finals each year. Poly Hockey takes place at Eastern High School and Fieldhouse in Lansing on November 12-13. The Unified Bowling Finals take place on November 12 at Royal Scot Lanes.

    For more information
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    Contact: Aaron Mills
    Email: aaron.mills@somi.org
    Phone: 989-774-4393

    nov. 12, 2016 - nov. 13, 2016
     
    Eastern High School and Fieldhouse
    Lansing, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
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