Special Olympics Northern California (SONC) is
dedicated to promoting social inclusion through
shared sports training and competition experiences.
Unified Sports joins people with and without
intellectual disabilities together to compete as
teammates. It was inspired by a simple principle:
That training together and playing together is a
quick path to friendship and understanding.
In Unified Sports, teams are made up of people of
similar age and ability. That makes practices more
fun and games more challenging and exciting for
all. Having sport in common is just one more way
that preconceptions and false ideas are swept away
and friendships are built.
SONC brings Unified Sports to schools through
the Unified Champion Schools Program. Students
in special education and general education
programs, who may not routinely interact, have the
opportunity to play together on the same court
or field. This paves the way for a more inclusive
campus and fosters relationships and experiences
that may not otherwise have occurred.
A collaboration with the California Interscholastic
Federation (CIF), California Department of
Education (CDE), Special Olympics Southern
California (SOSC) and SONC has brought Unified
Sports to California high school athletic departments, allowing students with
intellectual disabilities the opportunity to compete with their general
education peers, wear the official uniform and represent their school.
Contact Cyrus Nassersaeid at email@example.com or visit www.SONC.org/Unified-Sports
for more information about Unified Sports in the Schools Partnership Program.
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