Utah First Lady Abby Cox and Real Salt Lake to host state’s largest-ever Special Olympics Utah Unified Soccer tournament and festival

Utah First Lady Abby Cox’s initiative, Show Up, is focused on supporting the growth of the Special Olympics Unified Sports program across Utah schools. In support of this mission, the First Lady is joining with Special Olympics Utah, Real Salt Lake and the Utah High School Activities Association to host the State Unified Sports Soccer Championship this Saturday. More than 20 teams from around the state will compete for the Unified Soccer state title.

The event is free and open to the public. 

Tournament Features

Parade of Athletes

Opening Ceremonies

Torch run and lighting 

Semifinal games

Championship game

Awards ceremonies

Plaza Features

The stadium’s University of Utah Health Plaza will feature a free public festival, which will include games, bounce houses, chalk art, more than a dozen school mascots, food trucks, balloon making, awards ceremonies and more. Families are encouraged to attend. 


Saturday, October 9

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Full public schedule here.

Press Conference Announcing Expansion of Program

America First Pavilion – Rio Tinto Stadium

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 


Rio Tinto Stadium

9256 S, State Street

Sandy, UT 84070

The public event will be held outdoors. Masks are required where physical distancing is not possible. While in indoor spaces, masks are required. 

The Special Olympics Unified Sports program includes students with and without intellectual disabilities on the same competitive sports teams— fostering empathy, connection and inclusion. The First Lady is seeking out Utah businesses interested in supporting Unified Sports programs in Utah schools through financial donations. Interested parties should contact Kirsten Rappleye at [email protected]

Unified Sports teams are miracles. These teams combine students of all abilities to work together, get proximate, learn empathy and get to know each other. My goal is for every student in the state to have the opportunity to participate and grow from this program.” – First Lady Abby Cox

“The UHSAA is proud to partner with First Lady Cox and Special Olympics Utah to provide education-based activities for students of all abilities. The Association is excited to see opportunities for Utah students grow through partnerships such as these.” – UHSAA Executive Director Rob Cuff