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These are the sports that fall under the jurisdiction of a State Athletic Association. Each state has its own Athletic Association that runs the sports leagues and championships for the below sports.


If the sport is not currently offered by your school but is offered by your state athletic association, consider starting a school team. Again, follow the steps outlined above to see if the sport is offered by your school athletic association. If you'd rather not start a team, you also might be allowed to join that team at another high school. For example, if you wanted to be on the bowling team, and it wasn't offered at your high school but was at a high school a couple of miles away, you'd likely be allowed to try out for that team. Talk to your athletic director to see if this is an option. If it's not, you should see if there is a local community sports team for that sport. If there is, consider joining that team!

Before picking a sports team to join, consider how well your experience in a sport matches up with how competitive it is at your school. Have you played the sport before? For how long? How good is that team at your high school? Did they go to the state championship?

Team sports bring people together. Special Olympics Unified Sports teams do that, too and much more. About 1.2 million people worldwide take part in Unified Sports, breaking down stereotypes about people with intellectual disabilities in a really fun way. ESPN has served as the Global Presenting Sponsor of Special Olympics Unified Sports since 2013, supporting the growth and expansion of this program that empowers individuals with and without intellectual disabilities to engage through the power of sports.

Special Olympics is dedicated to promoting social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences. Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. It was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding.

Young people with disabilities do not often get a chance to play on their school sports teams. More and more U.S. states are adopting the Unified Sports approach that Special Olympics pioneered. Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools programming is in more than 8,300 schools across the United States, with a goal of being in 10,000 schools by 2024.

In more than 8,300 Unified Champion Schools across the country, Special Olympics has trained and mobilized youth leaders and educators to create more inclusive schools by including students with ID in all aspects of school life. Social inclusion is promoted by bringing together young people with and without ID on sports teams (Special Olympics Unified Sports), through inclusive student clubs, and by fostering youth leadership. As many as 19.5 million young people are taking part in these experiences, which are increasing acceptance of people of all abilities while simultaneously reducing stigma and bullying.

We have PSAL teams in the following sports. If you are interested in specific sports, please contact the coaches of those teams as early as possible to inquire about tryout dates or other relevant information. 041b061a72


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