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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.


To be announced 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.

Soccer School Competitions

The Soccer Skills Competitions and Unified Team Tournaments are offered upstate and downstate during the months of April and May. Due to Covid-19 related circumstances, only one school soccer event will be held in the spring of 2022.

2022 Competition DATES

Wednesday, May 4th at Kirkwood Soccer Complex: New Castle Secondary Schools (rain date May 6): ALL New Castle County Schools



Individually-designed activities for athletes of all ages who are not able to successfully participate in the traditional Individual Skills events

Young Athletes

Athletes ages Kindergarten through age 7 participate without competing, each receiving a participant medal.

Standard Skills

Events for players not yet ready to successfully compete in Advanced Skills.

5 v 5 Unified

Teams of 3 athletes and 2 Unified partners compete in one of two levels of competition: Developmental or Competitive.

Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Assoc. 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 and field (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 DIAM.

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, celebrate

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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