Taking Unified Sports to the collegiate level, College Unified Sports programs were inspired by the same, simple principle that training and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding. These programs bring together people with disabilities (athletes) and college students without disabilities (Unified partners) to play on the same teams.
Special Olympics New Jersey has teamed up with several colleges and universities to offer free Unified Sports programs during the school year. These clubs run Unified soccer leagues in the fall and Unified basketball leagues in the winter/spring.
Most schools meet once per week to play Unified games for a total of 4-6 weeks each season. Dates and times vary by school. Schools must register to participate.
Athlete and Partner Registration
Athletes who participate must be registered with Special Olympics New Jersey with a valid medical on file. They should be between the ages of 16 and 30. Athletes should be comfortable playing independently in a competitive team sports setting and have a basic understanding of the rules of the sport in which they are participating.
Any current college student, regardless of prior sports experience, can become a Unified partner. In order to play, all Unified partners must register with Special Olympics New Jersey and meet the eligibility requirements established by the participating college or university.
For information on getting athletes and Unified partners started, visit our College Unified Registration page to see what colleges already participate. You can also contact Kalee Iacoangeli at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the meantime, you can follow the SONJ College Unified Facebook group.