Region C Unified Champion Schools – Middle School Unified Basketball Exhibition

What Is Unified Basketball?

One of the most popular sports in Illinois, basketball provides competition for five-on-five unified teams. Unified sports combines a Special Olympics athletes with non-disabled peers on teams.

In the Special Olympics context, the term “Inclusive Sports” has two distinct but closely intertwined meanings. One refers to giving people with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to participate in sports – that is, to enable them to be included in the life experience of being an athlete. The other refers to sports activities that athletes of all abilities participate in together – inclusively. Unified Champion School’s Inclusive Sport component covers both in a youth centered framework.

The Unified Champion Schools Strategy works to further develop inclusive learning and social environments for all students, with and without disabilities. Schools can elevate the inclusion and unification among their students as well as further social emotional learning for all.

In Illinois, we offer a wide variety of Unified Sports and Unified Sport opportunities. Schools signing on to utilize the UCS Strategy in Illinois are required to include a Unified Sport component.

Competition Information

Tournament play with 2 divisions,


There will be 2 divisions. Division I has 4 teams and Division II has 3 teams. Each team will play two games.  Please review the attached brackets and game grid to identify when your team is playing and on which court.

Game Play

Both divisions will play utilizing all rules. Double dribble and traveling will be called as well as fouls. We will be utilizing the IESA rules. These rules also align with the SOILL Basketball Rule Interpretations for Juniors.

  • Games will have four 6 minute quarters. Time will be stopped at all dead ball situations. A 10 minute half time will take place between the 2nd and 3rd quarter. There will be a 1 minute time out between the 1st and 2nd as well as the 3rd and 4th quarters.
  • Each team is allowed three 1 minute and two 30 second time outs during regulation game play. One extra 1 minute time out is allowed for each extra (i.e. Overtime) period.
  • Overtime periods for these games will be 3 minutes in duration and will be played until there is no tie at the end of the period.
  • All uniforms must match without duplicate numbers

Facility Information

Kathryn J. Birkett Freshman Center has 2 basketball courts.

Event Details

Check In

Check in will begin at 10:15am. We do not have access to the basketball courts until after 10:30am.

To alleviate a lot of waiting around in the hallway, please plan to check in after 10:30 if your team is playing after 11:00am.

Volunteer Information

Please check back closer to the event for more information.


Players should plan on bringing their own water bottles.


A Plaque will be awarded to the winner of the Regional Competition at the completion of the final game.

Awards will be presented once place is determined for each team. For instance, Division I will receive awards after Game 5 and Game 7. For Division II, the outcome of each game will determine when awards are presented.


Lunch will be provided for all those registered for the event and on site day of. Lunch will consist of a sandwich, chips, and water. Lunch will be set up by team for you to grab and distribute.

Supporting Documents

Exhibition Game Grid

Exhibition Brackets

Exhibition Final Approved Rosters

To see a complete list of all State Championship Competitions, click here.

To find out more information about the Knights of Columbus, who support Special Olympics Illinois throughout the year, click here.

Who We Are

Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit sports organization offering year-round training and competition in 18 sports to a community of more than 55,000 traditional athletes, Young Athletes, Unified partners, coaches, volunteers, and more. It strives to be a global leader in shaping a culture where people with and without intellectual disabilities are fully integrated into the community by providing year-round opportunities in competitive sports, health education, leadership and personal development. 

If you are interested in being a part of Special Olympics Illinois and its vision, contact your local region, call 800-394-0562 or visit our website. Follow Special Olympics Illinois on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, TikTok and X.  


Feb 17 2024


11:00 am - 2:00 pm




Neuqua Valley High School
2360 9th St. Naperville, IL 60564
Jillian Hosteny


Jillian Hosteny
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