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, Volunteer and Unified Sports Manager
515-986-5520 x119.

Event Date Event Entries due by Event Location
Aug 26 (all day) Cedar Rapids Unified Golf Tournament Twin Pines, 3800 42nd St. NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Sep 8 (all day) River Hills Unified Golf Tournament 2700 Grand Blvd, Cedar Falls, IA
Sep 13 (all day) Muscatine Unified Golf Tournament 1820 Hwy 38, Muscatine, IA 52761
Sep 23 (all day) Jester Park Unified Golf Tournament Jester Park Golf Course 11949 NW 118 Avenue Granger, IA 50109
Sep 30 (all day) Akron Unified Golf Tournament 941 Country Club Dr. Akron, IA 51001
Sep 30 (all day) Upper Iowa Unified Sports Day Dorman Gym & Rec Center- Upper Iowa University Campus, Fayette
Nov 14, 9:30 AM Southwest Area Unified Sports Training Day 11/01/2017 Treynor Community Middle/High School, 102 E. Main Street, Treynor
Nov 16, 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM NW Area Unified Sport Training Day 11/06/2017 Washington High School, 600 West Bluff St., Cherokee
Dec 2, 9:15 AM – 1:00 PM University of Iowa Unified Sports Day University of Iowa Field House, South Gym 225 South Grand Avenue, Iowa City
Feb 10 (all day) Wartburg Unified Sports Day Wartburg College, Waverly, IA
Feb 15, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Spread the Word to End the Word Iowa State Capitol 1st Floor Rotunda – West & South