Date/Times: Friday, Feb. 3
7:30 p.m.: Opening Ceremony
8 p.m.: Unified Rivalry Basketball Game
Location: Brodie Recreation Center
20 Brodie Gym Drive
Special Olympics North Carolina (SONC) athletes from Durham and Orange counties will join together on the same basketball teams with students from the Special Olympics College Clubs at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to compete in the Duke vs. UNC-Chapel Hill Special Olympics Unified Rivalry Basketball Game on Friday, Feb. 3 at Brodie Recreation Center.
Unified Champion Schools is a strategy to activate youth, engage educators and promote school communities of acceptance and inclusion where all young people are agents of change. The strategy uses three components – Special Olympics Unified Sports®, inclusive youth leadership and whole school engagement – to help schools create environments in which students with and without intellectual disabilities play, learn and lead.
Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team to promote social inclusion through shared sports experiences. Unified teams are made up of people of similar age and ability. ESPN has served as the Global Presenting Sponsor of Special Olympics Unified Sports since 2013.
The students from Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill are members of the Special Olympics College Club at their respective universities. Special Olympics College Clubs function as an official student organization on campus and are led by students with and without intellectual disabilities. Many clubs also allow Special Olympics athletes from the community to participate as athlete leaders. Members of Special Olympics College Clubs gain experiences participating in Unified Sports and hosting Special Olympics events, thus creating opportunities for meaningful inclusion of people with and without intellectual disabilities in the campus community.
SONC encourages supporters and the general public to attend the game as spectators at no charge. For media inquiries, contact SONC Director of Communications Madeline Safrit at email@example.com or (919)-719-7662 ext. 110.
About Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools®
Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools® is a program for schools Pre-K through university that intentionally promotes meaningful social inclusion by bringing together students with and without intellectual disabilities to create accepting school environments, utilizing three interconnected components: Special Olympics Unified Sports®, inclusive youth leadership, and whole school engagement.
About Special Olympics North Carolina
Since 1968, the organization has used the transformative power of sports to improve the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Nearly 40,000 athletes in North Carolina inspire thousands of coaches, sports officials, local program committee members and event organizers involved in Special Olympics statewide. SONC offers year-round training and competition in 20 Olympic-type sports on local and state levels as well as health and wellness initiatives to improve the health status and increase access to community health resources for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Youth become agents of change through Unified Champion Schools, an education and sports-based program created by Special Olympics to build an inclusive environment among youth with and without intellectual disabilities as well as empower them to become youth leaders and create change in their community. Engage with us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.