Basketball

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.
Basketball

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

  • Apr 16 - Apr 20
    Special Olympics Australia National Games
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    Mon Apr 16 - Fri Apr 20, 2018
     
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    Adelaide
    South Australia
    Australia

    Special Olympics Australia National Games

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    Mon Apr 16 - Fri Apr 20, 2018
     

    The pinnacle event of the Special Olympics Australia calendar, 1,000 athletes with intellectual disability will compete in 11 sports in Adelaide at the 11th National Summer Games. Competition will inlcude: Athletics, Basketball, Bocce, Bowling (Tenpin), Equestrian, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Sailing, Swimming and Tennis.


    Venue(s)
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    Adelaide Shores
    Military Rd, West Beach
    Adelaide, South Australia
    Australia
    Events will be held in world class sporting facilities throughout Adelaide.
  • Apr 20 - Apr 22
    Special Olympics Brazil National Games
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    Fri Apr 20 - Sun Apr 22, 2018
     
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    Suzano
    São Paulo
    Brazil

    Special Olympics Brazil National Games

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    Fri Apr 20 - Sun Apr 22, 2018
     

    180 athletes and teammates and 50 coaches from 7 states will participate in our National Games in: athletics; unified basketball; unified bocce; judo; rhythmic gymnastics; swimming; open water; tennis; table tennis; unified futsal; unified beach volleyball.


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Parque Municipal Max Feffer
    Av. Roberto Simonsen, S/N – Jd. ImperadorT
    Suzano, São Paulo
    Brazil
    02 indoor courts 06 outdoor courts 02 beach volleyball courts 02 soccer fields 01 Skate 04 chess tables 01 walking trail 01 indoor swimming pool 08 tennis courts
  • May 09 - May 11
    24th Special Olympics Iran national Games
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    Wed May 9 - Fri May 11, 2018
     
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    Gorgan
    Golestan
    Iran

    24th Special Olympics Iran national Games

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    Wed May 9 - Fri May 11, 2018
     

    The 24th games will be held in Gorgan, Golestan state, Iran with 300 athletes and 300 coaches, family members, volunteers and executive staff. 3 sports event: Athletics, Bocce, 5-a-side football, and Basketball as demonstration plus 2 initiative event: Healthy athlete and the Family forum will be held.


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Gorgan city Sport complex
    Gorgan, Imam sport complex
    Gorgan, Golestan
    Iran
    The events will be held in Sport complex and the athletes will stay in Behzisty Toskastan complex.
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  • Jun 10 - Jun 12
    Special Olympics Kenya 50th Anniversary National Games
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    Sun Jun 10 - Tue Jun 12, 2018
     
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    Nairobi
    Kenya

    Special Olympics Kenya 50th Anniversary National Games

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    Sun Jun 10 - Tue Jun 12, 2018
     

    Athletics, Basketball, Bocce, Cycling, Football, Golf, Handball, Swimming, Volleyball, and Beach Volleyball.

    Venue(s)
    location
    Safaricom Stadium
    Kasarani
    Nairobi
    Kenya
  • Jun 20 - Jun 22
    Special Olympics Rwanda Agaciro Unified Cup 2018
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    Wed Jun 20 - Fri Jun 22, 2018
     
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    Kigali
    Rwanda

    Special Olympics Rwanda Agaciro Unified Cup 2018

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    Wed Jun 20 - Fri Jun 22, 2018
     

    Athletics, Basketball, Bocce, Football, Swimming in the Special Olympics Rwanda Agaciro Unified Cup 2018.

    Venue(s)
    location
    Amahoro National Stadium
    Remera
    Kigali
    Rwanda
  • Mar 14 - Mar 21
    2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games
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    Thu Mar 14 - Thu Mar 21, 2019
     
    location
    Zayed Sports City
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates

    2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games

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    Thu Mar 14 - Thu Mar 21, 2019
     

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, will be the host of the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games. The Games will be held 14 to 21 March in 2019. The Games will span seven days of competition. About 7,000 athletes from more than 170 countries are invited to attend. The Games will feature competition in 24 sports.


    Venue(s)
    location
    Opening Ceremony

    Zayed Sports City Stadium
    Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates
    Zayed Sports City Stadium, is an iconic multi-purpose stadium located in Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. It is the largest stadium in the UAE with more than 43,000 seats.