Countdown to the Games
17-25 June 2023

Unified Sports®

Unified Sports® is a competitive approach in which individuals with and without intellectual disabilities compete together in a sport.

The so-called Unified partners are people without intellectual disabilities who form a team with athletes with intellectual disabilities. The teams are made up of people of similar ages and abilities to make training and competition more exciting.

Know your facts:

  • More than 1.4 million people worldwide participate in Unified Sports® offerings
  • 16 Unified Sports will be held in Berlin
  • A total of 871 Unified partners are participating in the Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023

In Unified Sports®, clichés are broken down in a playful way, which is basically possible in almost all sports.

We asked our colleague Andrea Standecker how exactly this works and much more:


The photo shows a very joyful scene of a handball team after they won the match. They are jumping in a celebration circle together.
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The photo shows two male athletes holding a bowling ball and smiling.
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The photo shows an action scene during a beach volleyball match. In the background are many people on full ranks.
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The photo shows a game scene in unified basketball. One player is about to throw and another is trying to block him.
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On the photo, there are three football players during a match. One of them is kicking the ball while the other two are her opponents.
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The photo shows a sailing boat with two people on it. It is a Unified Sports team consisting of one athlete and one Unified Partner.
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In the photo there is a female athlete playing bocce. She looks concentrated but slightly smiling and wears a gray sweater with the logo of the National Games.
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Unified Sports® at #Berlin2023

The following sports will be hosted as Unified Sports® at the Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023:


Get your ticket for the Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023.

Be there and experience the biggest inclusive sports event in the world for the first time in Germany!



More information

You want to know more about Unified Sports® at the Games in Berlin? Then we have just the thing for you with our brochure:



Learn more about Unified Sports® with the SOEE (Special Olympics Europe Eurasia) video series.

All 5 episodes will be available on the SOEE YouTube account soon.
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