The Missouri State High School Activities Association and Special Olympics Missouri have partnered up to support an inclusive sports program for people with disabilities. This partnership is in response to the January 2013 letter from the US Department of Education regarding the inclusion of students with disabilities in extracurricular athletics. Our goal is to build these programs in every school in Missouri who wish to develop leagues, conferences, and championships similar to those already in place by MSHSAA. To do this, we need your help to form local Unified teams!
Three models exist within Unified Sports: Competitive Unified Sports, Unified Sports Player Development and Unified Sports Recreation. All three models provide different types of experiences in team sports such as basketball, football and volleyball and in individual sports such as bocce, golf and tennis. Unified Sports is now offered throughout the world and has been a Special Olympics internationally sanctioned program since 1989.
All three models, defined below, have social inclusion as the core outcome; however, the structure and function of each model varies. Special Olympics Missouri recommends the competitive and the player development models; however the recreation model may be a place to begin a new program.
Resources from Special Olympics Missouri: