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.
At no cost to any athletes to join or participate, Unified Sports® is available for all ages, school based community based and other day or private programs. The following are different options of how Unified Sports® is facilitated:
UNIFIED SPORTS® CURRICULUM (Elementary, Middle & High School)
An Inclusive Program which combines athletes and partners on sports teams for training and competition within the P.E. Classroom. Athletes and partners will receive a P.E. credit towards graduation. The Curriculum follows Arizona's P.E. State Standards and is the fastest growing Unified Sports option offered. Click here to learn more about Unfied Sports Curriculum
SOAZ/AIA UNIFIED SPORTS® (High School)
SOAZ/AIA Unified Sports® is about inclusion and recognition of the Special Olympics athletes on their high school campus. Unified Sports® athletes have the opportunity to enjoy sports competition and represent their school as an official team on campus. The SOAZ/AIA Unified Sports® program offers individuals with and without disabilities a typical high school sports experience. For more information on AIA Unified Sports click here.
COMMUNITY BASED UNIFIED SPORTS® (All ages)
Community centers across the state offer Unified Sports® as an option in their current Special Olympics Programs.