Special Olympics Saskatchewan is dedicated to enriching the lives of individuals with an intellectual disability (ID) through sport. We are the only organization in Canada to provide grassroots sports programs and competition opportunities, from the local level to the world level, for people with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics Saskatchewan’s programs cater to all ages and a wide range of abilities. We believe that people with intellectual disabilities can, and will, succeed when given the opportunity.
Promoting Social Inclusion Through Sport in Schools
Special Olympics is dedicated to promoting social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences. 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.
Young people with intellectual disabilities do not often get a chance to play on their school sports teams. More and more Provinces in Canada are adopting the Unified Sports approach that Special Olympics pioneered.
Students should be encouraged and supported to be agents of change, have opportunities to be leaders, and participate in collaborative school activities. To achieve this, school leaders and educators must foster a socially inclusive school climate that emphasizes acceptance, respect and human dignity for all students. A socially inclusive school is a place where no student is excluded because of the degree or type of disability or the services required to meet his/her needs.
Unified 3 on 3 Basketball Teams consist of:
- 4 Special Olympics athletes. A Special Olympics athlete is an athlete with an intellectual disability. Typically this is someone who is interested in sports participation, is competitive, and enjoys playing on a team.
- 2 Unified Partner athletes. A Unified Partner athlete is an athlete without an intellectual disability. Typically this is someone who is interested in sports participation, is competitive, and enjoys playing on a team.