What are Unified Sport Invitationals?

Unified Sport Invitationals are single-day, less competitive opportunities for students to experience the power of Unified sports. While aimed for schools new to the movement, it provides a platform for students to showcase abilities through a fun event. These events are hosted by Special Olympics Minnesota and by individual schools.

What is Unified Sports?

Special Olympics Unified Sports brings together people with intellectual disabilities (Special Olympics athletes) and people without intellectual disabilities (Unified partners) to participate on sports teams together. Teams practice and compete together over the course of a full season, just like any other school team, college intramural or community recreation program. Unified Sports was inspired by a simple principle: Training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding.

Goals of Unified Sport Invitationals

  • Provide an opportunity for students of different backgrounds to play in a Unified setting and learn from one another.
  • Create a fun opportunity for exercise and friendly competition.
  • Increase local awareness for Unified Sports.
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Upcoming Unified Sport Invitationals

Friday, October 7, 2022
Bemidji Unified Elementary Bowling Invitational
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Friday, November 18, 2022
Grand Rapids Unified Bowling Invitational
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Monday, November 28, 2022
Thief River Falls Unified Bowling Invitational
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Thursday, December 1, 2022
Bemidji Unified MS/HS Bowling Invitational
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Friday, December 2, 2022
Duluth Unified Bowling Invitational
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December 6-7, 2022
Brooklyn Park Unified Bowling Invitational
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Wednesday, December 7, 2022
Bagley Unified Bowling Invitational
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Thursday, February 23, 2023
Bemidji Unified Snowshoe Invitational
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Thursday, March 30, 2022
Bemidji Unified Swimming Invitational
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Unified Sport Invitationals Offered

If your school is interested in exploring a new Unified Sport Invitational, please reach out to your Unified Champion School Program Coordinator.


Unified Basketball Invitationals


Unified Bocce Invitationals


Unified Bowling Invitationals


Unified Flag Football Invitationals


Unified Snowshoeing Invitationals


Unified Soccer Invitationals


Unified Swimming Invitationals


Unified Track & Field Invitationals