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 coaches education 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

Special Olympics North Carolina Unified Track and Field started in 2015 in Wake County with two schools, Garner and Wakefield High. With the support of the Wake County District Athletic Director, Deran Coe, Wake County Athletics was the first county in North Carolina to endorse Special Olympics North Carolina Unified Track and Field. Since then, Special Olympics North Carolina Unified Track and Field has expanded to nearly 30 schools with over 250 students with and without intellectual disabilities practicing and competing together.

Get started with Unified Track & Field


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