Beyond Sports

School-Based Unified Sports

Promoting Social Inclusion Through Sport
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Special Olympics Unified Sports® is one of three components that make up a Special Olympics Unified Champion School. This as well as Unified Physical Education can serve as the “gateway” for a school to become more inclusive on the field and in the classroom.

Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. It was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding.

In Unified Sports, teams are made up of people of similar age and ability. That makes practices more fun and games more challenging and exciting for all. Having sport in common is just one more way that preconceptions and false ideas are swept away.