UNIFIED SPORTS ®
U.S. Department of Education Guidance Calls for Leveling the Playing Field for Students with Disabilities
On January 25, 2013, the United States Department of Education (DOE) released new guidance to schools and school systems throughout the nation that receive federal aid about the requirements of providing quality sports opportunities for students with disabilities.
Click here to learn how Special Olympics Wyoming can be a resource to support schools.
Unified Sports® Brings People Together
Team sports are about having fun, promoting physical health and bringing people together. Special Olympics Unified Sports teams do all of that – and shatter stereotypes about individuals with intellectual disability in the process.In communities around the world, from the United States to Southeast Asia, Special Olympics athletes and their teammates without intellectual disabilities practice and play together on Unified Sports teams.
Unified Sports is a moving and exciting initiative for higher ability athletes of all ages, from youth to adults. Mixed teams provide the public direct opportunities to experience first-hand the capabilities and courage of Special Olympics athletes.
By having fun together in a variety of sports ranging from basketball to golf to figure skating, Unified Sports athletes and partners improve their physical fitness, sharpen their skills, challenge the competition and help to overcome prejudices about intellectual disability.
Project UNIFY – school based teams
Special Olympics Wyoming has been awarded grant monies through Project UNIFY to help support and promote school based Unified Sports opportunities. Our goal is to have schools focus on coaching and recruiting and funds will be made available to these school based teams to provide equipment and uniforms to school teams.
For Soccer; Uniforms including jersey, shorts and shin guards and Equipment including a ball per player and a ball bag.
For Basketball; Uniforms including jersey and shorts and Equipment including a ball per player and a ball bag.
Please contact Allison Harker for more details.
Click here to go to the Special Olympics web-site on unified Sports
Attention Unified Sports Coaches! The National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) is offering a free online “Coaching Unified Sports” course. We encourage all current and potential Unified Sports coaches to check this out: Coaching Unified Sports
Special Olympics Wyoming Unified Sports Opportunities
Cross Country Skiing
9-Hole Alternate Shot Golf
Unified Sports Team Play
For more information, contact:
Allison Harker Special Olympics Wyoming307-235-3062