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
Mar 18 (all day) Wartburg Unified Sports Day Wartburg College, Waverly, IA
Apr 14 (all day) Grinnell College Unified Sports Day Grinnell College, Grinnell
Apr 19 (all day) DMPS Special Olympics Unified Sports Day –Inclusion Unites All Knapp Center, Drake University
Apr 25 (all day) Western Regional UCS Youth Summit Camp High Hopes; 5804 Correctionville Rd, Sioux City, IA
May 3 (all day) Drake University Unified Sports Day Knapp Center, Drake University, Des Moines
May 7 (all day) Camp Courageous 12007 190th St, Monticello, IA 52310
Jul 21 (all day) Dubuque Unified Golf Derby Grange Golf Course; 13079 Derby Grange Rd, Dubuque, IA 52002
Sep 12 (all day) Muscatine Unified Golf Muscatine Municipal Golf Course, 1820 Hwy 38, Muscatine, IA 52761