Unified Sports Pilot Initiative

What is Unified Sports? 

Unified Sports® is a registered program of Special Olympics that combines approximately equal numbers of athletes with and without intellectual disability on sports teams for training and competition. All Unified Sports® players, both athletes and special partners, are of similar age and matched sport skill ability. Unified Sports® teams are placed in competitive divisions based on their skill abilities, and range from training divisions (with a skill-learning focus) to high level competition. Besides providing a similar competitive experience to regular school interscholastic sport opportunities (that is: Authentic Competition) players will also gain physical fitness, develop friendships and demonstrate appreciation and respect for each other both on and off the playing field. 

What is Our Mission?

Our MCPSAC Unified Sports program focuses on teaching sports skills to students with different abilities in a friendly, supportive, and competitive environment. Practices and competitions are centered on each student’s abilities, learning sport specific skills, participating on a competitive team and forming bonds of friendship between team members.

Organizing committee: 

Brian Donohue – Honeoye Falls-Lima CSD – AD; 
Sue Penepent – Gr. Arcadia HS – AD; 
Jack Milner – MCPSAC League President; 
Kevin Watson – Kendall CSD – AD;
Kathy Hoyt – Section V Executive Director; 
Nancy Andres – Special Education consultant (specialty in autism and inclusion); 
Chris Dailey – Superintendent of Schools for the Gates Chili CSD; 
Todd Nelson – Assistant Director NYSPHSAA; 
Carlos Cotto – Executive Director RCAC; 
Dennis Fries – MCPSAC Executive Director; 
Luke Folts – Special Olympics New York; 
Josh Dority – Special Olympics; 
Michael Pero – Superintendent for the Pittsford CSD; 

Important links and other information:

MCPSAC Unified Sports Initiative Information Brochure 

Click here to see and/or download a packet of information distributed at the 7/24 Committee meeting

For more information email Denny Fries at: dfries@sectionv.org