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.

Time line: 

Sept-Oct - Meet, renew current comittments and roll out this initiative to new schools stake holders (Superintendents, Principals, PPS, coaches, etc.); 

Oct - Dec - Schools declare intentions; Recruit/select coach(es) and advisor(s); 

January - League-wide Unified Sports orientation with coaches; 

January-March - Plan activities that build awareness and sustainability including Youth Activation Committee;

March - Implement team selection process including sign ups and medical clearance; 

April - Practices begin; 

April-May - Regular season games; 

May - Culminating Event

Organizing committee: 

Brian Donohue - Honeoye Falls-Lima CSD - AD; 
Sue Penepent - Gr. Arcadia HS - AD; 
Jack Milner - MCPSAC League President; 
Mark Michele - East Rochester CSD- AD;
Kevin Watson - Kendall CSD - AD;
Ed Stores - Section V Executive Director; 
Nancy Andres - Special Education consultant (specialty in autism and inclusion); 
Kimberle Ward - Superintendent of Schools for the Gates Chili CSD; 
Todd Nelson - Assistant Director NYSPHSAA; 
Shannon Duserick - Assistant Director of Special Education BOCES #1;
Carlos Cotto - Executive Director RCAC; 
Bill Collins - Director of Training for Special Olympics; 
Dennis Fries - MCPSAC Executive Director; 
Steve Fuller - Vice President, Special Olympics New York; 
Josh Dority - Special Olympics; 
Michael Pero - Superintendent for the Pittsford CSD; 
Lynn Carragher - Asst. Superintendent for Inclusive Education and Instruction for Brockport CSD; 
Dave Richardson - Principal at Greece Athena HS;
Chris Amesbury - Chemistry Teacher/Varsity Basketball Coach at Gates Chili.

Next meeting: TBD

Important links and other information:

Link to 'YAC' Advisor Training Video

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