Here are how Unified Sports programs work in some states.
Hundreds of sports officials donated their services at these events.
The athletes represent their schools in tournaments which often draw large, enthusiastic crowds.
“Unified Sports includes many students who wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to participate in a school athletic program,” said Lou Pear, Connecticut Director of Unified Sports.
It partnered with Rhode Island Special Olympics to create a Unified Sports league and championship event for fall volleyball and spring basketball.
Thirty-two schools participate in basketball and more than 20 in volleyball.