Unified Sports

Special Olympics Unified Sports® joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. It was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding.


Social Inclusion Through Sport

In Unified Sports, teams are made up of people of similar age and ability, which 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.

Special Olympics Alberta has partnered with Alberta Schools' Athletic Association to bring this international program to our province. The program started in September 2015 and continues to grow and gain support from high schools across Alberta.

Be Part of Unified Sports

If your high school is interested in starting a Unified Sports program, please contact Shanna Kurylo at shanna@asaa.ca

This is your time. JOIN OUR TEAM

Following a successful pilot year of Unified Sports in Alberta, we’re expanding the program to include more sports and events in the 2016/17 school year. The Unified Sports selected for the upcoming year are bocce, baggo, basketball and track; each sport with its own culminating event at the end of the season.

Unified Bocce is a new sport for this school year and it will be played in the fall with a championship tournament at the end of the season of play. The winning team will have the option to travel to Niagara, Ontario and compete against other Unified Bocce teams in the Special Olympics Ontario High School Championships at the beginning of June. Food and accommodation for the team and two coaches will be covered, but the school will be expected to fundraise for travel expenses. Learn more about the Alberta Schools Athletic Association and Special Olympics Alberta partnership of Unified Sports

Upcoming Events

APRIL 4: Unified Bean Bag Toss Tournament hosted by Bonnyville Centralized High School
MAY 26: Unified Basketball Jamboree in Calgary (University of Calgary, Jack Simpson Gym)
MAY 26: Unified Bocce in Lethbridge
MAY 30: Unified Basketball Jamboree in Edmonton (Saville Centre)
JUNE 2: Unified Track and Field at ASAA Track & Field Provincials


Please contact Shanna Kurylo if you have any questions, shanna@asaa.ca or call 780-427-8182.