Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Assoc. partnership
Special Olympics Delaware (SODE) and the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association (DIAA) have partnered to promote Unified Sports in the sports of flag football, basketball, and track and field.
Through this partnership, high school students with and without disabilities train and compete on the same team in the Unified Sports division that is recognized by the DIAA.
Participating schools, along with their athletic departments and administration, support Unified Sports and treat their SODE Unified teams as they do all other varsity sports -- accepted, respected, celebrated. Unified Sports is changing attitudes ... and changing lives.
Smyrna High School takes on Newark Charter in the Unified Flag Football championship game on Dec. 1 at Delaware Stadium. Game time 4:00 p.m.
Unified Track & Field
Sixteen high schools are competing in Unified Track & Field under the umbrella of the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association. Schools competing are Appoquinimink, Brandywine, Caesar Rodney, Delcastle, Dover, Indian River, McKean, Middletown, Milford, Mt. Pleasant, Newark, Newark Charter, Smyrna, William Penn, Woodbridge and Laurel.
Athletes and Unified partners will compete in the 50-meter wheelchair race, 100- and 400-meter dashes, 4 x 100 relay, shot put and running long jump. Each school will compete in several regular-season meets, the SODE Invitational, conference meets, and the DIAA State Championships. Schedules can be found at www.websites4sports.com.
Six high schools -- Appoquinimink, Caesar Rodney, Cape Henlopen, McKean, Middletown and Newark Charter -- competed during the 2017-18 SODE/DIAA Unified basketball pilot season.
The "DIAA/SODE Unified Basketball Showcase - Shooting toward Acceptance" took place on Friday, Feb. 23 at Middletown High School.
Watch this video for highlights of the Unified Flag Football competition at the 2016 DIAA State Championship!
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HOW TO GET YOUR SCHOOL INVOLVED
For information on how to start a flag football or track and field team at your school, contact Kylie Frazer at firstname.lastname@example.org.