School Based Programs
Special Olympics aims to build a society of acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities and, by extension, for everyone. We know that sports training and competition can help achieve that goal. And we know that students – with their energy, idealism, intelligence and creativity – can be not only participants but leaders in our mission.
To ignite young people’s passion for our cause, we have to reach them where they most often are: school. At all grade levels, students’ lives revolve around their school and school activities. That is why we conceived Project UNIFY® as a school-based initiative to create opportunities for authentic social inclusion.
Project UNIFY is made up of four main components:
- Unified Sports - students with and without intellectual disabilities participate on sports teams together as teammates
- Youth Leadership & Advocacy - students with and without ID take on leadership roles to promote Project UNIFY in their school and community.
- Whole-School Engagement - ALL students in the school participate in Project UNIFY activities
- Sustainability - students and administrators must plan for long-term programming where Project UNIFY is engrained in the culture of their schools. Funding may be available to assist a school in their first three years of participation.
Please click on an age group to the left to find out about programs offered in New Hampshire.