Region K Unified Bags at Carbondale
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 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.
This a unified event for participants who are 18 or older. There is no advancement so all participants will receive a participation ribbon.
Updates on exact location will be emailed closer to the event.
Agency Registration: 9:00 AM
Opening Ceremony: 9:45 AM
Competition to follow
Please click the button below to register to volunteer.
Please have athletes wear athletic attire.
All awards will be participation ribbons.
Lunch will be provided.
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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 Twitter.
Unless a venue has specific COVID protocols in place, Special Olympics Illinois is following Illinois Department of Public Health and CDC COVID protocols and guidelines. Please refer to event specific information or website page (if applicable) to determine if the venue has any specific COVID protocols.
Special Olympics Illinois is committed to providing the best athlete, volunteer, coach and supporter environment possible. While we are excited to resume in-person events, the health and well-being of our constituents remains our top priority. All of our in person events follow the COVID-19 recommended IDPH and CDC guidelines.
Please review the COVID High-Risk fact sheet for more information: