Unified sports is a registered program of the Special Olympics that combines athletes with and without intellectual disability (or other developmental delays) on sports teams for training and competition. All Unified Sports teammates are of similar age and teams are placed in competitive divisions based on their skill abilities, and range from developmental to recreational to competitive.
In 1992, as part of an effort to reach school-aged athletes, Connecticut Special Olympics formed a partnership with the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference to bring Unified Sports to Connecticut’s schools. The CIAC/Special Olympics Unified Sports Program operates throughout the school year and closely follows the school calendar. Unified Sports events are organized each sport season for middle and high school students (soccer, basketball, volleyball, bowling, track and field) and in culminating events for elementary and young athlete participants.
In 2018 Wilton High School was recognized as a National Banner Unified Champion School. WHS was recognized as having demonstrated a commitment to inclusion by meeting 10 national standards of excellence.
WHS has Unified Sports teams competing in the basketball and soccer. For more information please contact Melissa Barrett at firstname.lastname@example.org.