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"The mission of the Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community."
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Special Olympics Unified Sports brings together athletes with and without intellectual disabilities to train and compete on the same team. Throughout the year, in a variety of sports ranging from basketball to golf to fig u re skating, Unified Sports athletes improve their physical fitness, sharpen their skills, challenge the competition and have fun, too.

The concept of combining athletes with intellectual disabilities and those without (called partners) was first introduced in the United States in the mid-1980s to provide another level of challenge for higher ability athletes and to promote equality and inclusion. Today, the initiative includes virtually all Special Olympics sports, and Unified Sports competitions are an important part of Special Olympics World Games, as well as local, state and national Games.
Unified Sports enables athletes to:
Learn new sports;
Develop higher- level sports skills;
Have new competition experiences;
Experience meaningful inclusion as each athlete is ensured of playing a valued role on the team;
Socialize with peers and form friendships (the program provides a forum for positive social interaction between teammates and often leads to long-lasting friendships); and
Participate in their communities and have choices outside of Special Olympics (Unified Sports programs often are initiated by community partners, including parks and recreation departments, schools, Boys and Girls Clubs of America and community sports organizations.
These partnerships help further include athletes in their community.
Special Olympics Bharat-Gujarat 1st Unified Sports-Bocce
Special Olympics Bharat-Gujarat first times organized Unified Sports –Bocce at Patan, Gujarat on 29th to 31st March-2010. Special Olympics Unified Sports Bocce Competition was played by 20 Unified Teams. 40 Male Athletes and Unified Partners and 40 Female Athletes and Unified Partners participated in the event. Each unified team is consisted of 2 Athletes and 2 Unified Partners. A total of 10 Male and 10 female Unified Teams are being prepared for the unified Sports Bocce Competition‐2010. Unified Sports‐Bocce Competition was totally conducted as per GMS (Games Management System) guidelines.
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