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Unified Cup Detroit 2022
The Special Olympics Unified Cup 2022 presented by Toyota will show the world how the power of sport builds and shapes a diverse community that unites and empowers people of all abilities, from all backgrounds.

In July 2022, Detroit will welcome over 300 footballers from over 20 nations to compete in football (soccer)—the world’s most popular sport. The Special Olympics Unified Cup is slated for 31 July – 6 August, 2022 and Special Olympics Unified Sports® is what makes it uniquely inclusive: Teams are comprised of footballers with and without intellectual disabilities playing together.

The Special Olympics Unified Cup features competition broadcast to hundreds of millions of viewers across the globe. The week-long event will showcase athletic performances on the pitch, and highlight stereotype-defying stories off the pitch—changing minds and opening hearts through transformational inclusion.
Events

Opening Ceremony, Law Enforcement Torch Run® Final Leg & Opening Matches

Get ready to celebrate inclusion with live performers, the Parade of Athletes and the lighting of the Cauldron.
The Corner Ballpark

Preliminary Matches

Competition Matches – 20+ teams of the world’s most competitive Special Olympics Unified football teams will compete for the Cup.
Men’s Matches - Schoolcraft College • Women’s Matches - The Corner Ballpark

Healthy Athletes

Opening Eyes, Special Smiles, FUNfitness, Healthy Hearing, Health Promotion, Pediatric Screenings
St. Joe’s Mercy Elite Sports Center at Schoolcraft College

Unified Champion City Schools Summit

The first ever UCCS Summit will bring together youth, educators and administrators to grow partnerships with Special Olympics in city School Districts.

Championship Matches

Division One Men’s and Women’s finalists compete head-to-head at Keyworth Stadium. A Unified Celebrity match will kick off at 1 pm followed by Women’s and Men’s finalists.
Keyworth Stadium
Delegations selected to compete in the 2022 Unified Cup include
Women's Teams
  • Burkina Faso
  • Caribbean (Haiti, Aruba, Bahamas)
  • Costa Rica
  • Egypt
  • Guatemala
  • Bharat (India)
  • Mexico
  • Namibia
  • Slovakia
  • Serendib (Sri Lanka)
  • UAE
  • USA
Men's Teams
  • Brazil
  • Jamaica
  • Nippon (Japan)
  • Korea
  • Morocco
  • Nigeria
  • Paraguay
  • Romania
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • USA
Athletes on a field huddled into a circle cheering with their hands up.
“Sports, to me, is everything. Competing with my team in the Unified Cup showed me abilities I didn’t know I had. Special Olympics believed in me and made me believe in myself.”
Emanuelle Dutra Fernandes de Souza, Special Olympics Athlete, Brazil
By the Numbers
50+
Matches
20+
NATIONS
300+
Footballers
24
Teams
1,000
Volunteers
10,000+
Viewers & Spectators
500
Family Members and Dignitaries
3
Competition Venues
7
Special Events & Featured Programming
Men's UAE teammates huddle together on the field.
"The importance and benefits of events like this are that we are able to show our athletes and their families how capable they are, how strong they are."
Tiago Siqueira, head coach SPECIAL OLYMPICS Brazil