Starting a Special Olympics School Team

Starting a Special Olympics team is fun and easy.

Traditional Sports: Students train and compete in basketball and/or soccer. Opportunities are available for students of all ability levels and ages, including the Young Athletes program (children ages 7 and younger) and Motor Activity program (students with severe or profound intellectual disabilities, including significant physical disabilities).

Unified Sports: Special Olympics teams consisting of students with and without intellectual disabilities (Unified partners) train and compete together in the sports listed above and/or the Unified 5 v 5 Schools Soccer Tournament (spring).

Sports Seasons: Season includes practicing once per week for 8 weeks culminating with a competition.

Fall (September through December) -- basketball skills

Spring (February through April) -- soccer skills and Unified 5v5 team soccer

Interscholastic Unified Sports (high schools only): Students with and without intellectual disabilities (Unified partners) are members of the high school's Unified flag football team and/or Unified track and field team, competing in Unified events recognized by the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association. 

PRACTICE TIPS

For more information on starting a traditional or Unified sports team at your school contact Jon Buzby at jbuzby@udel.edu.

For information on starting an interscholastic team at your high school contact Kylie Frazer at kfrazer@udel.edu.