Region E Unified Bags Exhibition

What Is Unified Bags?

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. This Unified competition pairs people with and without disabilities on the same teams to foster inclusion and equity.

Unified Bags

Unified bags is an emerging sport Special Olympics Illinois is working on incorporating into our official sport offerings. As in all Special Olympics Illinois Unified Sports, Unified teams are grouped into competition divisions according to ability level, age and gender when appropriate.

Unified bags is a low impact, minimal equipment sport. Games are played to 21 points or 30 minutes.

Exhibition competition is for participation only; only participation awards will be given.

Unified bags teams are Unified doubles teams (one athlete and one partner), ages 18 and older.

Competition Information

Unified bags is not yet a sanctioned sport, so this competition is considered an exhibition for athletes and unified partners 18 and up.

Facility Information

Please check back closer to the event for more information.

Event Details

Athlete Check in: 9:00 AM
Opening Ceremonies: 9:25 AM
Warm-ups: 9:30 AM
Exhibition Start: 10:00 AM

Volunteer Information

For more information about volunteering at this event, please click here!


Bags and boards will be provided for all competitors.


This is an exhibition, so there is no advancement. Participants will be awarded ribbons.


A snack and water will be provided to athletes and unified partners.

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

About Special Olympics Illinois    

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.  


Apr 13 2024


9:00 am - 3:00 pm


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