Region J Unified Champion Schools – IHSA Unified Basketball Regional Tournament

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

Match Play: IHSA Basketball single elimination tournament.

We try to follow the schedule as closely as possible. The winner of the tournament will advance to the IHSA State Basketball Tournament on March 8 and 9, 2024. There will be four teams playing across three games–Edwardsville High School, East St. Louis High School, Triad High School, and Mt. Vernon High school.

Facility Information

Edwardsville high school has two basketball courts

Event Details

The first two games will begin at 9:00 AM and the final game will begin shortly after.

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.


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Supporting Documents

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 10 2024


9:00 am - 2:00 pm




Edwardsville High School 6161 Center Grove Rd. Edwardsville, IL 62025


Jonathan Frederick
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