Idaho Special Olympics participating in Idaho's first unified basketball tournament

March 5, 2014 

Special Olympics Idaho has partnered with the Idaho High School Activities Association to hold a unifiedbasketball tournament in conjunction with the 2014 Boys Basketball Real Dairy Shootout.

Six Idaho high school unified teams will compete in a one-day tournament on Friday, March 7 at Bishop Kelly High School starting at 9 a.m. Then on Saturday, March 8, all teams will be recognized during the 4A halftime of the Boys Basketball Real Dairy Shootout Championships at the Idaho Center.

Two teams will also be given the opportunity to demonstrate a unified basketballgame at the Idaho Center on Saturday morning beginning at 8 a.m. Participating high schools include: Boise, Canyon Ridge, Capital, Liberty Charter, Mountain View, and Vallivue.

The Unified Sports program provides opportunities for individuals with and without intellectual disabilities to compete on the same team. Teams are made up of athletes and partners, athletes being those individuals with an intellectual disability, and partners being those without.

The partnership between Special Olympics Idaho and the Idaho High School Activities Association started with a Unified 4x100 Relay at the Idaho State Track and Field Championships in May of 2013.

For more information, visit www.idso.org or call Shanna at 724-1717

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