the Unified Sports Experience One Sheet

Unified Sports Experience – FACT SHEET
What are Unified Sports Experiences?
Special Olympics Unified Sports® Experiences (USE) bring together Special Olympics athletes, professional
and Olympic athletes, dignitaries and celebrities for participation in a competitive environment. The
purpose of this event is to showcase the talents and abilities of Special Olympics athletes, while
simultaneously providing an opportunity to raise much-needed awareness and funds for Special Olympics
Inspired by Unified Sports®, Unified Sports Experiences will provide a memorable opportunity for the
athletes and guests to spotlight the importance of inclusion, sportsmanship, and friendship to the rest of
the world. This first-hand experience aims to change perceptions and break down barriers for people with
intellectual disabilities, by uniting people in the joy of competition.
What are the experiences?
During the course of the World Summer Games, 16 Unified Sports Experiences will take place. These events
include races, relays, tournaments, and team competitions.
July 26
Schedule of events with venue and time in parenthesis
July 30
Triathlon* (Long Beach: 8:00 – 11:00)
Sailing (Long Beach: 14:00 -18:00)
[part of competition]
Tennis (UCLA: 17:30 – 19:30)
Softball (Easton Stadium: 17:00 – 19:00)
Volleyball (UCLA: 13:45 -14:45)
July 27
Golf (Griffith Park: 13:00 – 16:30)
Badminton (LACC J&K-14:00 – 16:00)
Bocce (LACC K-18:00 – 20:00)
Basketball (USC: 15:00-17:00)
July 28
July 31
Table Tennis* (LACC J: 19:00–21:00)
August 1
Half Marathon* (Long Beach: 8:00 – 11:00)
[part of competition]
Football 5-A-Side (UCLA: 16:00-18:00)
July 29
Roller Skating (LACC H: 15:30 – 17:30)
Bowling (LA Live: 13:00 – 15:00)
Beach Volleyball (Long Beach: 18:00–20:00)
Kayaking (Long Beach: 13:00 – 15:00)
*All Times are in Pacific Standard Time
Who is competing?
Unified Sports Experiences participants include Special Olympics athletes, former Olympic and professional
athletes, corporate executives, youth leaders, volunteers, Special Olympics coaches, and fans from the
crowd. (Photos below from the 2011 World Summer Games in Athens)