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.