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Unified Sports

Bringing people together

Special Olympics Unified SportsĀ® is an initiative that combines approximately equal numbers of Special Olympics athletes and athletes without intellectual disabilities (called Partners) on sports teams for training and competition. Age and ability matching of athletes and Partners is defined on a sport-by-sport basis.

Unified Sports enables Special Olympics athletes to:

  • Learn new sports
  • Have new competition experiences
  • Socialize with peers and form friendships (the initiative provides a forum for positive social interaction between teammates and often leads to long-lasting friendships), and
  • Develop higher-level sports skills
  • Experience meaningful inclusion (each athlete is ensured of playing a valued role on the team)
  • Participate in their communities and have choices outside of Special Olympics

Unified Sports programs often are initiated by community partners, including parks and recreation departments, schools, Boys and Girls Clubs of America and community sports organizations. These partnerships help further include athletes in their community. Special Olympics Arizona offers Unified Sports competition in Athletics, Aquatics, Bocce, Bowling, Basketball, Cheerleading, Golf, Flag Football, Floorball, Kayaking, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, and Volleyball.

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Upcoming Events

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Jan 22

Special Olympics Arizona Tennis Fun Day!

January 22 @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
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Jan 24

Capitol Lawn Day

January 24 @ 10:00 pm - January 25 @ 10:00 am
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Jan 29

Mountain/Regional Floor Hockey Tournament

January 29 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Feb 08

AIA Basketball Sectional Tournament

February 8 @ 2:00 am - 7:00 am
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Feb 08

Mountain/Northern Monument Cheer Competition

February 8 @ 3:00 am - 5:00 am
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Feb 10
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Feb 17
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