It’s (not) the winning – The Special Olympics national handball teams in the trade-off between desire for sporting success and social support

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Special Olympics is the world's largest sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities. At the Special Olympics World Games 2019, Special Olympics Germany was represented by two handball teams: a Women's Traditional team and a Unified team (consisting of people with and without disabilities). The members of both teams were selected from several applicants at various try-outs and then prepared in training camps for the World Games. These processes were evaluated by way of participant observations and guideline-based interviews with the players and coaches. The results reveal that the participants without disabilities find themselves caught between the conflicting priorities of desire for sporting success and social support.

Translated title of the contributionGewinnen ist (nicht) alles – Die Special Olympics Handballnationalteams im Spannungsfeld von sportlichem Erfolgswunsch und sozialer Unterstützung
Original languageEnglish
JournalSport und Gesellschaft
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)187-212
Number of pages26
Publication statusPublished - 11.05.2021