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Project UNIFY®

Project UNIFY is an education-based project that uses sports and education programs to activate young people to develop school communities where all youth are agents of change – fostering respect, dignity and advocacy for people with intellectual disabilities.

Project UNIFY is comprised of four components:

1. Inclusive Sports and Skill Development

Special Olympics Unified Sports is a program that combines athletes with and without intellectual disabilities on sports teams for training and competition. Unified Sports is an important program because it expands sports opportunities for athletes seeking new challenges and dramatically increases inclusion in the community. The vision of the joint NHIAA & Special Olympics New Hampshire (SONH) sports project is to allow high school students with and without intellectual disabilities the opportunity to represent their high school by participating on a Unified Sports team providing the students with a quality experience of sports training and competition.  Currently the NHIAA offers Unified competition in soccer, basketball, volleyball and track and field.  Please follow the link below to learn more about NHIAA Unified Sports and for upcoming schedules.

2. Inclusive Youth Leadership & Youth Activation

Project UNIFY is designed with a primary goal to engage youth as leaders, to give youth a voice in their schools, and to provide youth with opportunities to become advocates for themselves and their peers.  For the youth with and without intellectual disabilities who are directly involved, those are leadership lessons that stay with them for life.

3. School Community Awareness & Education Elements

When one student has an attitude of acceptance and inclusion toward people - including fellow students - who have intellectual disabilities, that is a wonderful thing.  When that one student becomes many...when an entire school has a climate of acceptance and inclusion...it becomes a powerful community that represents new ways of thinking and acting.

4. Sustainability

  • Educators Leaders Network (more information coming soon!)

State Winter Games
Click here to see a slideshow from the 2015 State Winter Games.