The Unified Sports� program is one of the best tools Special Olympics Colorado has to increase inclusion in the community. It helps break down barriers that have historically separated people with developmental disabilities by combining Special Olympics athletes with their non-disabled peers (partners) on the same sports team. Partners train and compete right alongside Special Olympics athletes, giving them encouragement and advice every step of the way.
The Unified Sports� program was first introduced in Colorado in 1986. The program began as a Unified Sports� softball league with six teams hosted by the Boulder Parks & Recreation Expand program. Since then Unified Sports� has grown dramatically, and is now included all of SOCO's 22 year-round sports. Presently there are more than 1,200 Unified� partners in Colorado, and this number continues to grow. Because of the Unified Sports� program, Special Olympics Colorado is truly a sports program for individuals of any ability.
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