Unified Sports

Unified Sports at Utah State is a collaborative effort between Campus Recreation and Special Olympics to provide programming experiences for all individuals.

Special Olympics Unified Sports

Special Olympics is an inclusive sports program that combines an approximately equal number of Special Olympics athletes (individuals with intellectual disabilities) and partners (individuals without intellectual disabilities) on teams for training and competition. 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 other 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.

USU Unified Sports

Special Olympics is dedicated to promoting social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences. Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. It was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding.

In Unified Sports, teams are made up of people of similar age and ability. That makes practices more fun and games more challenging and exciting for all. Having sport in common is just one more way that preconceptions and false ideas are swept away.

Here at Utah State University we offer introductory one-day events and intramural sports. You can find a list of intramural sports offered below and how to volunteer as a partner by filling out this form.

Fall Unified Sports
  • Flag Football

Spring Unified Sports
  • Basketball


Collaborative Partners

Contact Information

Want to Volunteer?
If you’d like to sign up to be a partner please fill out this form and we will contact you.

Head of Unified Sports Program
Kayla Irlbeck

Head of Delegations

College Crew Leaders
Shelby Gatherum
John Ruff