Unified Sports

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Dedicated to promoting social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences, 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, which 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.  

Young people with disabilities don’t often get a chance to play on their school sports teams, but more and more U.S. states are adopting the unified sports approach that Special Olympics pioneered. For almost 20 years, Special Olympics has offered sport teams that blend people with and without intellectual disabilities, and that is a model that encourages sports and fun, and which also gets people together to learn more about each other. You can learn more about unified sports and get involved with SOLA by clicking here.

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Play Unified. Live Unified.

What better way to interact with our athletes than to become a Unified Partner and participate in our Unified Sports. More than 1.2 million people world wide take part in Unified Sports!Vball team huddle

Special Olympics Unified Sports is an initiative that combines 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 creates an environment for our athletes to put their skills to a challenge with the help of their Unified Partners. Also, it builds new friendships, promotes inclusion, and acceptance.

Are you interested!? Click here for more information on getting involved!

LSU vs. Tulane Unified Basketball Game Recap

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.

Click here for more information on the game.
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McNeese Defeats Nicholls in Unified Rivalry Game

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This weekend was a great weekend for Special Olympics flag football! Athletes and unified partners from Nicholls State University and the surrounding area traveled to Lake Charles to compete in a unified flag football game against divisional rival McNeese State University. Nicholls held the lead until the final play of the first half when athlete Matthew Dubone scored on a 50 yard catch! McNeese went on to win the game 19-6. After the game, the two teams enjoyed friendly tailgate hosted by the McNeese Alumni Association. Following the tailgate, everyone went to watch the McNeese vs. Nicholls collegiate football game where the Cowboys trumped the Colonials once again. Everyone had a wonderful time this weekend and we are excited to see who wins next years game!

2016 Rivalry Series: McNeese State University vs. Nicholls State University Unified Flag Football Game

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Lake Charles, LA – Special Olympics Louisiana will play host to an In-State Unified Flag Football Rivalry Series featuring McNeese State University vs. Nicholls State University. This event is free and open to the public.

The event will take place on Saturday October 1, 2016 at McNeese State University’s Recreational Center, 4205 Ryan St, Lake Charles, LA 70605, at 10:30 AM promptly. Award presentation will held immediately after the game. For more information visit our website at www.laso.org.

A support staff of more than 30 volunteers will serve in jobs ranging from competition setup, breakdown, to team assistance. Contact Colin Laborde for more information at (800) 345-6644.

Click here to join the fundraising movement by helping your school’s Unified team raise the most money before game day.  The team that raises the most money by game day will start their Rivalry Game with an advantage! Make sure your team starts off on the right foot by raising money or donating to your team today. You can even earn awesome prizes as you donate!

Unified Partners Make A Huge Impact on Special Olympics

Unified Sports® is an inclusive sports program that combines an approximately equal number of Special Olympics athletes and unified partners on teams for training and competition. Learn more and sign up to get involved in 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.