Also 215 US colleges and universities have on campus, providing ongoing Unified and inclusionary activities for students and Special Olympics athletes.
73 of the 215 US colleges and universities activating Special Olympics College conduct ongoing Unified Sports on their campus. As part of the Special Olympics- Lions Clubs International “Mission: Inclusion” partnership, the LCI youth network-Leos- have become a strong global partner in expanding and implementing Unified Sports together with Special Olympics.
Baseball, for men, and softball, for women, are hugely popular disciplines in Japan.
The national teams are among the best in the world.
It will feature the following six teams: the second-placed team in the Africa-Europe qualifying tournament; the second- and third-placed teams in the American tournament; the best two teams at the Asian Championships (not including those already qualified); and the winner of the 2019 Oceanian tournament.
The two Olympic tournaments will get under way at the Azuma Stadium in Fukushima, on 22 July for softball, and on 29 July for baseball.
ESPN has served as the Global Presenting Sponsor of Special Olympics Unified Sports since 2013, supporting the growth and expansion of this program that empowers individuals with and without intellectual disabilities to engage through the power of sports.
Special Olympics is dedicated to promoting social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences.
Thanks to the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Olympic Agenda 2020, which offers each country hosting the Games the chance to add sports to the programme for that edition, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee naturally wanted to include baseball and softball.
The two disciplines were both previously Olympic, softball from 1996 to 2008, and baseball eight times as a demonstration sport between 1912 and its official inclusion on the programme in Barcelona in 1992.