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Unified Sports Day at Drake University May 4

4/27/2017

Grimes, IA – Special Olympics Iowa (SOIA) will host the 23rd annual Drake Unified Sports Day Thursday, May 4 at Drake University from 9:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Dedicated to promoting social inclusion through shared sports training and competition, Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. 

More than 500 special education and regular education students from 18 schools across Central Iowa will pair up for a day of friendly competition. Participating schools range from elementary to high school, including schools throughout Iowa. Partners will participate in 3-on-3 basketball, bocce, golf, pass-punt-kick football, relay races, volleyball and more. More than 125 volunteers, including representatives from local Iowa businesses and Drake University football players, will help coordinate the events.

Special Olympics Unified Sports promotes social inclusion through shared sport training and competition experiences for individuals with and without intellectual disabilities. Unified Sports has proven to be highly effective in achieving social inclusion. Athletes feel a sense of belonging; they can meaningfully interact with others, develop mutually rewarding relationships, are recognized as contributors and are received with acceptance and respect.

 

WHAT: Special Olympics Iowa Unified Sports Day at Drake University sponsored by Principal Financial Group
WHO: Special Olympics Iowa athletes and Unified Sports partners
WHEN: Thursday, May 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
WHERE: Drake University Knapp Center, Bell Center and practice fields

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