What is Unified Sports?
Special Olympics Unified Sports® is an inclusive program which combines individuals with intellectual disabilities (athletes) and individuals without intellectual disabilities (partners) on sports teams for training and competitions. Athletes and partners compete alongside one another, each in a meaningful and integral role on the Unified Sports® team.
SOKS offers Unified as an option for all Team Sports competitions. Partners should attend practices regularly like all other athletes. Unified Sports teams are divisioned separately from traditional Special Olympics teams for competitions.
What is the Unified Sports League?
Since 2013, SOKS has begun creating a Unified Sports League in KC made primarily of school-based Unified Sports teams for basketball (fall), bocce (winter) and soccer (spring). Sports are held in opposite seasons to traditional SOKS sports to allow athletes to participate in both Unified and traditional SOKS programming. The benefit here is that an athlete can focus on fewer sports and have more opportunities to improve those sports skills.
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September 1 – Unified Basketball Practices Begin
September 21 – Registration Deadline for Unified Basketball
October 16 – Unified Basketball Matches @ Sumner Academy
November 5 – Unified Basketball League Tournament @ Shawnee Mission West HS
December 1 – Unified Bocce Practice Begin
January 31 – Registration Deadline for Unified Bocce
February 26 – Unified Bocce Tournament @ Pinstripes, Overland Park
March 1 – Unified Soccer Practice Begin
April TBD – Unified Soccer Matches @ JC Harmon HS
May TBD – Unified Soccer Tournament @ Bonner Springs HS
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