Ryan Meza interviews Unified Sports: Coach Rose Escalante, athletes & partners. March 2022
Promoting Social Inclusion Through Sports
What is Unified Sports? In June of 2011, a partnership was formed between Special Olympics Arizona and the Interscholastic Association (AIA) with the sole purpose of building a state-wide Unified Sports system. Unified Sports is an exclusive program that combines students with intellectual disabilities (athletes) and students with non-intellectual disabilities (partners) into sports teams for training and competition.
How do I join Unified Sports as a Partner(non intellectual disabilities)? First, you can either download or pick up a Partner application in C114. The application will help determine which sports you are interested in playing. We usually have a lot of students who want to sign up to become a Partner than we have space for. I will review your application and try to accommodate your top choices. I cannot guarantee a spot, so you may be placed on a waiting list. Please keep in mind this is a sport and not a club.
How do I join Unified Sports as an Athlete?(intellectual disabilities) Parents can email Head Coach for more information. email@example.com
Athletic Forms and Physicals: All participants must complete "Register My Athlete". registermyathlete.com
Athletic Fee: There is a $60 sports fee for all athletes and partners, whether you play one sport or all four sports. The fee goes into the Unified Sports program to pay for Unified T-Shirts, uniforms, snacks, lunch for tournaments, end of the year sports celebration and help with any equipment we may need to buy.