We are taking college rivalries to the next level! By connecting the series to high profile collegiate rivalries, the Unified Sports Rivalry Series is the marquee event series used as the catalyst to expanding Unified Sports and the Special Olympics movement on college campuses around the country.

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What is a Unified Sports Rivalry Game?

The Unified Sports Rivalry Series represent the best known rivalries at their finest. A Unified Sports Rivalry game is a Special Olympics Unified Sports game where each team represents one college rival team (i.e Alabama vs. Auburn). The teams are comprised of students from the perspective universities and local Special Olympics athletes. These games are typically held on the day of or around the time of the larger game between the two schools. This Series offers Special Olympic athletes a chance to be a part of hype of the varsity game and we challenge these unified teams to defend their schools’ titles!

In addition to bragging rights, each Unified team will be competing to see who can raise the most money for their team. The team that raises the most money by game day will start the Rivalry Game with an advantage!! Use the links above and below to ensure your team starts the game off on the right foot.

Why the Unified Sports Rivalry Series?

Special Olympics wants to create the next generation of individuals who through their connections, technology, concern and action will shape the world to one of respect and acceptance.  To make sure all young adults have access to sporting opportunities, Special Olympics is taking an active interest in expanding our collegiate programming.

The Unified Sports Rivalry Series was created to connect Unified Sports and our athletes to a high profile collegiate rivalry sports games.  There is endless amounts of excitement and competition between University rivalries and we are looking to tap into this excitement to launch Unified Sports into the national spotlight and raise money for the Special Olympics movement.

By hosting a year-round event series in the college space, we will drive growth while creating an experience that makes participants and donors want to stay for the long haul!


February 2017
Tulane vs LSU  (February 4th at 10:45 am)
University of North Dakota vs. North Dakota State University (February 11th at 5:00 pm)

March 2017
Central Michigan University vs. Western Michigan University (March 2nd)
Duke vs. University of North Carolina  (March 4th  at 10:00 am)

April 2017
University of Alabama vs. Ole Miss  (April 2nd  at 12:00 pm)

Dates TBD
University of Michigan vs. Michigan State University