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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.

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.

Bocce School Tournaments

The sport of Bocce is a game of skill and strategy that challenges athletes to work together as a team trying to roll their bocce balls closer to the pillana than the opposing team. Games are played on a variety of surfaces in an open-court format.


2023 Fall Schedule Coming Soon….

Other Information

Concessions will NOT be available for purchase at the event. Participating students should bring a bag lunch as they would for any school field trip. 


Unified or Traditional

Teams are made up of either 4 Special Olympics athletes OR 2 athletes and 2 Unified Partners.

Competitive Division

Teams are experienced and vie for gold, silver and bronze.

Developmental Division

Focus is on learning the skills and strategies of the game with a goal of playing competitive the following season.

Bocce Young Athletes

Children ages 5-7 learn the basic rules and skills for the game of bocce in a non-competitive atmosphere.

Soccer School Competitions

The Soccer Tournaments and Unified Sports Experience EXPO are offered to athletes and Unified partners of all abilities.

2023 Competitions

*all events begin at 10:15 a.m. and end by 1:00 p.m.

April 25 at Kirkwood Soccer in New Castle (New Castle secondary schools)

April 27 at Kirkwood Soccer in New Castle (New Castle elementary schools)

May 2 at DE Turf  (Kent/Sussex elementary schools)

May 4 at PolyTech High School (Kent/Sussex secondary schools)


Unified Sports Experience EXPO

Sports skills, games and activities set up in station format for students not yet able to play on a 5 v 5 soccer team.

Motor Activity Training Program and Young Athletes participants

Young Athletes and MATP participants are included as part of the Unified Sports Experience EXPO.

Developmental 5 v 5 Unified Soccer

Focus is on learning the skills and strategies of the game with a goal of playing competitive the following season.

Competitive 5 v 5 Unified Soccer

Teams are experienced and vie for gold, silver and bronze.

Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association partnership

Special Olympics Delaware (SODE) and the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association (DIAA) have partnered to promote Unified Sports in the sports of Flag Football (fall), Basketball (winter), and Track & Tield (spring).

Through this partnership, high school students with and without disabilities train and compete on the same team in the Unified Sports division that is recognized by the DIAA.

Participating schools, along with their athletic departments and administration, support Unified Sports and treat their SODE Unified teams as they do all other varsity sports — accepted, respected, and celebrated.

Unified Sports is changing attitudes … and changing lives.


For information on how to start a Unified flag football, basketball or track and field team at your school, contact Nate Threatts at or 302-831-4669.

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619 South College Ave.

Newark, Delaware 19716

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