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.
Unified Sports are recognized as an official program of NYSPHSAA.
Special Olympics New York and NYSPHSAA have a shared philosophy that authentic and credible athletics have the greatest impact on the student athlete and serve the greater purpose of destroying stigma and stereotypes of people with Intellectual Disabilities. Similar to the educational concept of Least Restrictive Environment, rule modifications are minimal to ensure integrity and a true interscholastic sports experience.
Fall– currently no sport offerings
Winter– Unified Bowling (January-March)
Spring– Unified Basketball Team and Skills*** (April-June)
*All schools must start with Unified Basketball.