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.
Any sport can participate in Unified Sports® and Centre County has successfully created teams in softball, bocce, bowling, golf, and volleyball.
If you are interested in the unique opportunity to become a Unified Partner, please follow the normal steps involved in becoming a volunteer by completing the volunteer form and taking the trainings. Please contact the appropriate Special Olympics Centre County coach and mention your specific interest in Unified Sports®.