On June 8, 2016, Special Olympics New Jersey and the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) signed a memorandum of understanding, solidifying a formal partnership that will help expand opportunities for students throughout the state to participate on interscholastic Unified Sports teams.

NJSIAA High School Interscholastic Sports

The partnership between SONJ and NJSIAA is now in its second year. During the 2017-18 school year, the NJSIAA will offer state level competitions in Unified bowling, basketball, and track and field (indoor and outdoor). Teams must register with SONJ and the NJSIAA along with meeting minimum practice and competition standards prior to participating in a state-level event.

Play Unified Interscholastic Sports

If you’d like to take your Unified Sports® program on the road and play other schools, Play Unified Interscholastic Club Sports provide an opportunity for athletes who are able to play at a more competitive level in a competition or league setting. For athletes who would rather play in a less formal setting, we offer recreational club sports, too.

Pick a sport, set up your practice schedule and coordinate with other Play Unified club teams in your area to set-up scrimmages and competitions. These teams are eligible to participate in the Special Olympics New Jersey’s Unified Cup School Championships.

For information on how to bring interscholastic Unified Sports to your school district, contact Kalee Iacoangeli at kmi@sonj.org.