Game takes place Friday, October 16 at MSU

The first-ever MSU vs. Michigan Unified Rivalry game takes place Friday, October 16 at 7 PM

As if this year's Michigan versus Michigan State football game didn't have enough excitement behind it, both schools will go head-to-head for the first time in a Unified flag football game. It's all part of the Special Olympics Unified Sports Rivalry Series.

The game takes place on Friday, October 16 at 7 PM at the Munn Turf Field (across from Ralph Young Field) on the campus of Michigan State University. Nearly 30 college students from Michigan State University and the University of Michigan will team up with Special Olympics Michigan athletes from the Lansing and Ann Arbor areas to form Unified teams representing each university.

Dedicated to promoting social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences, Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. It was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding. In Unified Sports, teams are made up of people of similar age and ability, which makes practices more fun and games more challenging and exciting for all. Having sport in common is just one more way that preconceptions and false ideas are swept away.

In addition to the game itself, both schools are also holding an online pledge battle to see which school can raise the most money for Special Olympics Michigan. Show your support and back your favorite school by CLICKING HERE TO DONATE.

The Michigan versus Michigan State Unified game is the first of nine games in the Special Olympics Unified Rivalry Series happening this season. Other Unified Rivalry games include Ole Miss versus Mississippi State, University of Florida versus Florida State, Alabama versus Auburn, Arkansas versus Missouri, USC versus UCLA, and South Carolina versus Clemson.