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Basketball is one of the top sports at Special Olympics. Players take it up at all ages and at all abilities, from young players learning to handle the ball and keep it under control while dribbling to older, more experienced players who have the moves and know the strategies to play challenging ball.

It's also one of the favorite sports for the Special Olympics Unified Sports initiative, when players with and without intellectual disabilities form teams to play other unified teams. It's a learning experience that's also a lot of fun.



This sport offers traditional and unified events!





Basketball season begins in December and trains for 8 weeks before regional competitions in February and Spring Games in April.


  • Level A Skills
  • Individual Skills
  • Team Skills 

Team Competitions

  • 3-on-3 
  • 5-on-5
  • Unified 5-on-5



Currently, Basketball is offered the following communities:



  • Bellevue
  • Cass County
  • Elkhorn
  • Fremont
  • Millard
  • Omaha
  • Papillion/LaVista
  • South Sioux City
  • West Omaha
  • West Point

East Central

  • Beatrice
  • Columbus
  • David City
  • Lincoln
  • Norfolk
  • Seward
  • Waverly
  • York


  •  Alliance
  • Chadron
  • Scottsbluff

West Central

  •  Grand Island
  • Hastings
  • Kearney
  • Lexington
  • Minden
  • North Platte
  • O’Neill


Don't see your community listed above? Email us to learn more about how to get Basketball started in your area!