Unified Sports

Special Olympics Unified Sports® is an inclusive sports program that combines an approximately equal number of Special Olympics athletes (individuals with intellectual disabilities) and Unified partners (individuals without intellectual disabilities) on teams for training and competition.

Unified Sports® is offered locally, among SONC regions, and at state-level events. SONC only offers state-level competition for the competitive model of Unified Sports®.

Check your local program to see if Unified Sports® are offered locally and contact the local coordinator to learn more.

If you would like to be a Unified partner, you need to fill out a registration form (see links to the right).

If you would like to coach Unified Sports®, visit the Coach page to find out about sport training schools and coach training requirements.

Unified Sports® in North Carolina

SONC offers Unified Sports® competitive model in bocce, bowling, cheerleading, equestrian, flag football, golf, tennis, and volleyball.

Unified Sports® recreation is offered in basketballflag football and Young Athletes Program.

Unified Track and Field

SONC offers Unified Track and Field throughout the state of North Carolina. Currently, there are over 20 high schools competing in Unified Track and Field in Cumberland, Guilford, and Wake Counties.

Cumberland County is the first county to offer Special Olympics Unified Track and Field in 100% of the public county high schools.

Unified Track and Field Competitions

Cumberland County 19th Annual Bill Carver Classic

Guilford County Championships

Wake County Championships


The Unified partner must submit this form to the local program coordinator prior to training in the sport.