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AIA Unified Sports

AIA Unified Sports

The main philosophy of SOAZ / AIA Unified Sports® is about inclusion and recognition of the Special Olympics athletes on their high school campus. We want the Unified Sports® athletes to enjoy the competition as it is happening by not being overly competitive, thus losing site of the overall spirit of inclusion.

In June of 2011, a partnership was formed between Special Olympics Arizona and the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) with the sole purpose of building a state-wide Unified Sports® system. Unified Sports® is an inclusive program that combines high school students with intellectual disabilities (athletes) and high school students without intellectual disabilities (partners) on sports teams for training and competition. SOAZ and AIA are excited to lead successful Unified Sports® programs in high schools throughout Arizona.

AVAILABLE SPORTS: AIA Unified Sports® offers sports for the 2016-2017 School year:

  • Badminton
  • Basketball 
  • Flag Football
  • Floorball 
  • Golf 
  • Soccer
  • Spiritline
  • Swimming
  • Track & Field

Student Athlete Recognition: 

Athletes and Partners are eligible to receive school letters for athletics.

  • All participants gain perspective of diversity in a social inclusive setting
  • Unified sports teams have the opportunity to participate in local league play
  • Gives students that are not currently high school athletes the opportunity to be part of a team


Unified Sports: A Students Guide

Throughout this guide, you will find step-by-step instructions to start a Special Olympics Unified Sports® Program at your school. You will also find helpful tips, and inspirational stories to help you along your journey. You will soon see how beneficial this program will be to you and your friends, with and without disabilities. Click here for the Unified Sports Student Guide.


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