The Unified Indoor Bocce season is December-February, with the culminating events held in March.
- Teams practice a minimum of twice a week and participate in at least three competitions
- A team consists of a proportional number of students with and without intellectual disabilities (one team consists of 6-8 athletes)
- Most schools will field 2-4 teams
- Each county/cluster of school districts will host several regular season competitions, including a County Championship
- SOPA hosts the IUS Bocce Championship at PIAA Boy’s and Girl’s Basketball Championship, Hershey, PA, in March.
About Unified Sports
By providing opportunities for students both with all types of disabilities and without disabilities to participate in sports meaningfully and by engaging other students in the school community, Interscholastic Unified Sports (IUS) helps promote inclusion, acceptance, and respect.
The Special Olympics Interscholastic Unified Sports program is supported by the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) and the Bureau of Special Education, Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Over the course of four years, Special Olympics Pennsylvania seeks to build a network of partnerships with school districts which encompass all areas of the state. The goal is to have high schools throughout Pennsylvania offer Interscholastic Unified Sports (IUS) opportunities in at least two Unified Sports.