You can Change the Game by starting a Special Olympics Unified Sports team at your school or becoming a Unified Champion School. Join the Unified Generation and build a world of inclusion, friendship and respect, one team, one school at a time.
The LSU vs Tulane Special Olympics Unified Rivalry Series Basketball game was held on Saturday, February 4th. The event was held at the Reily Center on Tulane University’s Uptown campus. Unified teams were made up of both Special Olympics Louisiana athletes and students from Louisiana State University and Tulane University. Tulane won the game with a score of 26-4 over LSU.
Special Olympics Unified Sports is an initiative that 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.
Special Olympics wants to create the next generation of individuals who through their connections, technology, concern and action will shape the world to one of respect and acceptance. To make sure all young adults have access to sporting opportunities, Special Olympics is taking an active interest in expanding our collegiate programming. The Unified Sports Rivalry Series was created to connect Unified Sports and our athletes to a high profile collegiate rivalry sports games.
EKS Day is tomorrow and we’re encouraging you to join us and #PlayUnified!
“Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.”
― Christian D. Larson
Camp Shriver Shreveport begins Tuesday, June 21, 2016, and will continue through Thursday, June 23 , 2016. Athletes and partners from the Northwest Area come together at the SPAR Recreation Center for a few days of fun activities. Athletes of all skill levels are attending. Camp Shriver brings together people with and without intellectual disabilities for training and competition. Athletes learn new sports skills, improve individual sport performance, participate in individual and team sports, build friendships and have fun with camp volunteers.
Welcome Mary Davis as Special Olympics CEO!
Please join us and the entire Special Olympics movement in congratulating Mary Davis who, as of May 12, officially became CEO of Special Olympics!
Mary has been serving as acting CEO since last fall, taking on the role with enthusiasm and efficiency, in addition to continuing on as Regional President and Managing Director of Special Olympics Europe Eurasia.
We echo Special Olympics Chairman Tim Shriver’s words: “Her dedication to our movement has been an inspiration to me and many of you for years, and I have full confidence that we will continue to benefit from her extraordinary leadership for years to come.”
We want to thank Finish Line for helping create inclusion for athletes of all abilities! From now through December 31st, the Finish line Youth Foundation will donate funds collected from customers in over 600 Finish Line stores to Special Olympics. Please visit a local store today.
Check out Finish Line Youth Foundation by clicking here!
Unified Sports® is an inclusive sports program that combines an approximately equal number of Special Olympics athletes (individuals with intellectual disabilities) and unified partners (individuals without intellectual disabilities) on teams for training and competition. Learn more about unified sports.
Sharing One Language: Sport
Being a partner is an additional means of carrying out and fulfilling the mission of Special Olympics. Teams are constructed in such a way as to provide training and competition opportunities that meaningfully challenge and involve all athletes. These opportunities often lead to improved sports skills, higher self-esteem, and equal status among peers and new friendships. Sign up to be a Unified Partner!
Did you miss the Today Show’s piece on Special Olympics Louisiana’s Unified Flag Football team Friday morning? Don’t sweat it, watch it here!
Thank you again to the New Orleans Saints, Rita Benson LeBlanc, NBC, the NFL, and the Today Show! #playunified
For too long people with intellectual disabilities have been neglected and discriminated against. You have the power to change this.
All it takes is getting out to play. Unified.
Tell the world you are playing unified to bring people together and break down stereotypes.