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. Not only do the players all have fun, but attitude change and transformation happens on the playing field and the experiences create lifelong friendships.
Unified Sports® combines approximately equal numbers of Special Olympics Athletes and athletes without intellectual disabilities (called Partners) on sports teams for training and competition. Age and ability matching of athletes and partners is defined on a sport-by-sport basis.
Unified Sports® enables Special Olympics athletes to:
- Learn new sports
- Develop higher-level sports skills
- Have new competition experiences
- Experience meaningful inclusion (each athlete is ensured of playing a valued role on the team)
- Socialize with peers and form friendships
- Participate in their communities leading to choices outside of Special Olympics
Unified Sports at Villanova
2016 marks the first year that Villanova Special Olympics Committee has had a Unified Sports Committee. Hannah Lee and Steve Periotti have made fantastic strides in spreading the mission of Unified. Read about the success of our first Unified Sports event here, written by Villanova Special Olympics Committee's own Claire Ferry. We look forward to hosting a Unified Sports at Villanova during Fall Festival!
For more information about Special Olympics Pennsylvania's Unified Sports initiatives, please click here!
"Unified Sports - Special Olympics Pennsylvania." Unified Sports - Special Olympics Pennsylvania. Special Olympics Pennsylvania, n.d. Web. 26 May 2016.