Special Olympic Project UNIFY®, Unified Sports®, Unified Clubs®, Unified Friendships®
(add links logos for SO and NSCD & Parks/rec – box each – & photos from Sarah’s iPhoto)
What is the Special Olympic Global Movement®?
Special Olympics is the leader in the field of intellectual disability and the WORLD’s LARGEST MOVEMENT dedicated to promoting respect, acceptance, inclusion, and human dignity for people with intellectual disabilities. (reference & link SO)
What is Special Olympic Project UNIFY & the Unified Generation?
Special Olympics Project UNIFY is an education and sports based strategy powered by an engaged youth community that increases athletic and leadership opportunities for students with and without intellectual disabilities, while creating communities of acceptance for all. (reference & link SO Project Unify)
What are Special Olympic Unified Sports®?
Special Olympics Unified Sports is an inclusive program which combines individuals with intellectual disabilities (athletes) and individuals without intellectual disabilities (partners) on sports teams for trainings and competition. Athletes and partners compete alongside one another, each in a meaningful and integral role on the Unified Sports team. (reference & link SO Unified Sports)
Why are school-based Unified Sports® important?
Special Olympics Unified Sports creates unique teammate bonds through sports experiences just like any other sports team. These experiences create a culture of inclusion and foster understanding in schools and communities. (reference SO Unified Sports)
Participation in Unified Sports leads to new friendships, improved self-esteem and positive changes in attitude, behavior and performance for all students involved. The program creates a lasting impact on all those participating and is a great addition to any education environment.
(reference SO Unified Sports)
What are other unified sports:
Any sports that provide equal access and opportunity for people of all abilities can be considered a “unified” sport.
Organizations such as The National Sports Center for the Disabled (link), State Parks and Recreation – Therapeutic Recreation Programs (link), and lots of other community programs offer sports and activities that are inclusive and considered “unified”.
What are Unified Clubs?: (Score a Friend applying for trademark)
Score A Friend Clubs are youth-led Unified Clubs that include children of all abilities.
Any club within a school or community can be considered a “unified” club if they allow equal access & opportunities for success for people of all abilities.
What are Unified Friendships? (Score A Friend has trademark)
Unified Friendships are friendships between kids with and without disabilities. Unified Friendships teach respect, acceptance, kindness and love, and help all kids achieve their greatest potentials.
Organizations such as Score A Friend, Best Buddies and Special Olympics include friendships between people with and without disabilities as primary program goals.