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2016 Unified Schools Unified Basketball Game Schedules

Find the 2016 Unified Basketball Game Schedule here!

Spread the Word to End the Word Campaign

Spread the Word to End the Word is an on-going effort to raise the consciousness of society about the dehumanizing and hurtful effects of the word “retard(ed)” and encourage people to pledge to stop using the R-word. The use of the word R-word hurts individuals with intellectual disabilities, their family members, and their friends. The campaign, which peaks in March every year (but is ongoing throughout the year), is intended to get schools, communities and organizations to rally and pledge their support. Spread the Word to End the Word™ is a youth driven campaign and every day there are young people, as well as family members and advocates, who are creating positive change within schools and communities to foster dignity, respect, acceptance, and tolerance for all individuals with intellectual disabilities.

For more information on how you can participate in the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign, please become familiar with the Step-by-Step process and contact us if you’re interested!

Spread the Word to End the Word PDF

Get Into It Service Learning Guide

The Get Into It, is a curriculum resource kit for students with and without intellectual disabilities. This service-learning guide is age-appropriate and is designed to advance students civic knowledge and skill development, promote acceptance and understanding of peoples differences and to motivate them to become advocates for people with intellectual disabilities. This is a curriculum that celebrate giftedness- the giftedness of every student whatever his or her ability. Through the world of Special Olympics we hope each student will come to recognize that he or she has the power to make a difference.

The Get Into It

Road Map for Project UNIFY

Schools participating in Project UNIFY are required to fulfill a number of tasks throughout their project time frame. The requirements included in the Road Map are specific to Elementary Schools and Middle/High Schools.

Road Map for Project UNIFY Schools

Project UNIFY School Liaison Responsibilities

Each Project UNIFY School must appoint a School Liaison to work with Special Olympics Colorado staff member Allo Perry. This person will be responsible for communicating with Allo about inclusive initiatives taking place at your school. A specific checklist of your roles and responsibilities are available below. Gaols

Who should be our school liaison?

A teacher, Para, coach or anyone who works in your school and is passionate about working with Special Needs students and is supportive of everything Project UNIFY embodies.

How much time will the school liaison need to commit to Project UNIFY?

The time commitment will vary, as it depends how many people you have supporting you with Project UNIFY. Most schools have Partners Clubs or Student Leadership groups run their R-Word campaigns, Unified Sports® and other PU Initiatives. You can dedicate as much or as little time as you wish to working on Project UNIFY. The more support you have from staff and students the less work the school liaison will have.

Who should the school liaison communicate with?

Special Olympics Colorado staff member Allo Perry.

Allo Perry

Project UNIFY Sports Manager


Roles for Schools

Unified Sports Goals and Options

We have goals for Special Olympics Unified Sports® and each school is welcome to explore the best option for your situation. We’ve provided a more descriptive outline in the attached resource shows three options you have when incorporating Special Olympics Unified Sports into your school’s programs.

-Sport skill development- Under the direction of qualified coaches, participants will have the opportunity to develop sports skills to prepare themselves for participation in other community sports programs.

-Competition experiences- Athletes benefit from physical and mental challenges participating in a variety of competitions organized by Special Olympics or by community sports organizations.

-Meaningful Inclusion- Unified Sports® rules and guidelines on age and ability group help ensure that all teammates play important, meaningful and valued roles on the team.

-Community-based participation- Unified Sports® programs have found valuable partners in schools, Parks and Recreation departments, and many more community sports organizations. These partnerships help further include athletes in their community.

-Friendship and Socialization- This program provides a forum for positive social interaction between teammates and often leads to long-lasting friendships.

-Transition & Choice- Unified Sports® programs help schools meet the transition mandates of I.D.E.A. and provide a choice for athletes in and out of Special Olympics.

Long Term Goals of Project UNIFY and Unified Sports®

-Change the school environment in every school in Colorado to be truly inclusive.

-Unified Sports® will be offered in at least one sport at every high school in Colorado.

-Gain CHSAA’s approval of Unified Sports® as a statewide recognized sanctioned sport, giving Unified Sports® all the athletic benefits of typical school athletic teams.

Three Options for Unified Sports

Unified Sports Team Checklist

Here’s a great guide on how to start up a Unified Sports team at your school.

Checklist for Unified Sports