11:02 AM EDT, June 1, 2013
Started in conjunction with the Connecticut Association of Schools-Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CAS-CIAC) in 1992
Connecticut was the first state to partner Special Olympics with the state high school sports association for a Unified Sports program. Only five other states have similar programs.
Athletes with physical or intellectual disabilities team up with partners to play various sports with an emphasis on inclusion and teamwork.
Sports: Basketball, soccer, volleyball, track and field, bowling, softball.
In 1992, there were two programs – Oswegatchie Elementary School in Waterford and John F. Kennedy Middle School in Enfield.
In the 2012-2013 school year, there are 90 high schools, 50 middle schools and 35 elementary schools in Connecticut with Unified Sports programs.
This year, 10 high schools, five middle schools and six elementary schools have added Unified Sports programs.
In the 2011-2012 school year, 2,422 athletes and 4,249 partners participated in Unified Sports in Connecticut.
At the Michael's Cup Unified Sports Award Banquet April 29 at the AquaTurf Club, there were 750 participants, up from 30 10 years ago.
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