- Support Programs
- Unified Sports®
Bringing people together
Unified Sports® is an inclusive program which combines individuals with intellectual disabilities (athletes) and individuals without intellectual disabilities (partners) on sports teams for training and competition. Athletes and partners compete alongside one another, each in a meaningful and integral role on the Unified Sports® team.
Unified Sports® creates unique teammate bonds through sports experiences just like any other sports team. These experiences create a culture of inclusion and foster understanding in schools and communities around the state.
Participation in Unified Sports® leads to new friendships, improved self-esteem and positive changes in attitude, behavior and performance. The program creates a lasting impact on all those participating and is a great addition to formal and life education.
GET INVOLVED! Complete the Unified Sports® Interest Form online! Visit the Forms area for additional resources including the Unified Sports® Program brochure, Unified Sports® Information Guide, Unified Sports® Club Handbook and Unified Partner Application for Participation. For questions and inquires about Unified Sports® contact Brian Quinn, Youth Leadership & Unified Sports Director, 602.230.0073 or UnifiedSports@SpecialOlympicsArizona.org.
To view the "Building a Successful Unified Sports® Program" video, follow these links:
Schools across Arizona are starting Unified Sports® Programs because of the inclusive and culture-changing opportunities it creates for everyone involved.
The following are the focus sports for school-based Unified Sports® growth:
Fall - Soccer
Winter - Basketball & Cheerleading
Spring - Athletics (Track & Field)
Summer - Volleyball
An Inclusive Program which combines athletes and partners on sport teams for training and competition within the P.E. Classroom. Athletes and Partners will receive a P.E. Credit towards graduation. The Cirriculum follows Arizona's P.E. State Standards.
All Unified Sports® coaches should review the following document carefully. The first season in which the new rules and guidelines will be enforced is Flag Football, 2011.
For additional information contact:
|Director of Support Programs|
|602.324.5667 - direct line|