Unified Sports

unified-sports-bocceDedicated to promoting social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences, Special Olympics Unified Sports® creates an opportunity for people without intellectual disabilities to join in the sports experience by playing on a team with athletes with intellectual disabilities. It was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding.

In Unified Sports, teams join people of similar age and ability, which makes practices fun and games challenging and exciting for all. Teams are made up of approximately equal numbers of Special Olympics athletes and athletes without intellectual disabilities (called partners). Practicing and competing together is one additional way of eliminating preconceived notions and false impressions.

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.

Special Olympics Iowa offers Unified Sports competition in:

  • Aquatics
  • Athletics (Track and Field)
  • Basketball
  • Bocce
  • Bowling
  • Cheerleading and Dance
  • Cycling
  • Figure Skating
  • Flag Football
  • Golf
  • Snowshoeing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Speed Skating
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

For more information about Unified Sports, contact:
Bryan Coffey, Director of Unified Programs
515-986-5520 x119.

Event Date Event Entries due by Event Location
Sep 26 (all day) River Hills Unified Golf Tournament 2700 Grand Blvd, Cedar Falls, IA 50613
Sep 29 (all day) Jester Park Unified Golf Jester Park Golf Course, Granger IA
Oct 6 (all day) Sioux City Unified Golf Tournament Sun Valley Golf Course, 2101 Military Road Sioux City, IA. 51103
Oct 11 (all day) Buena Vista University Unified Sports Day Lamberti Recreation Center, 610 W 4th St. Storm Lake, IA 50588
Oct 27, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM Upper Iowa Unified Sports Day Upper Iowa University, Fayette, IA
Nov 15, 9:30 AM Northwest Area Unified Sport Training Day Cherokee, IA at Washington High School, 600 West Bluff St. Zip- 51012
Feb 9 (all day) Wartburg Unified Sports Day Wartburg College, Waverly, IA