Welcome to the Special Olympics Project UNIFY® Toolkit! The Toolkit is a vital marketing and support resource for all stages of implementing Project UNIFY in your schools. The Toolkit is set up so users can get just want they need. Students may want ideas for an R-Word campaign, physical education teachers may be seeking knowledge about Unified Sports®, and principals may be interested in delving into research about school climate. We hope you find it helpful in creating authentic inclusion in your communities.
See how one law sparked an equal education movement.
Turn the idea of Project UNIFY into a reality.
Impact of Project UNIFY
Explore how Project UNIFY makes a difference.
Project UNIFY Schools
Understand the importance of our program.
Vision of Project UNIFY
The following resources correspond with Section 1 of the Project UNIFY Toolkit.
What is Project UNIFY?
Learn more about the three major components that make up our program.
- Young Athletes Resources: Special Olympics Young Athletes is a sport and play program for children with and without intellectual disabilities (ID), ages 2 to 7 years old. Young Athletes introduces basic sport skills, like running, kicking and throwing. Young Athletes offers families, teachers, caregivers and people from the community the chance to share the joy of sports with all children. The Young Athletes Resource Toolkit provides information and resources for individuals who are looking to become more involved with Young Athletes.
- Get Into It Active (PDF): Condensed version of Get Into It with a focus on physical activity.
- What is Get Into It?: Basic brochure on the Get Into It (GII) activities and lessons.
- Get Into It Overview: Get Into It® is a curriculum for students in grades
kindergarten through 12th grade. It offers webbased
interactivity for students & teachers, has
a service-learning emphasis, is compatible with
United States standards of learning...and is fun!
- Movies that Move: Website with film clips promoting inclusion and critical thinking.
- NY Times Article on Unified Sports: This article titled Unified Teams Take Special Olympics Approach to School written by Dan Frosch first ran in The New York Times on February 12, 2012.
- General Project UNIFY Presentation: Basic PowerPoint that discusses the main components of Project UNIFY.
- Social Media Resource Toolkit : Toolkit to learn about promoting Project UNIFY through social media.
- Project UNIFY Toolkit: Online toolkit for marketing and supporting Project UNIFY in schools.
- Recreation Model Guidelines: Guidelines for executing Unified Sports Recreation programs.
- Model Comparison: The difference between Competitive and Player Development models.
- Resources for Spread the Word to End the Word Day: Get the latest resources for the annual day when Special Olympics encourages people to show support for more tolerant speech and acceptance of people with differences.
- Unified Sports Models: Explanation of the three Unified Sports models.
- What is Project UNIFY? (MP4): National YAC members share what Project UNIFY means to them.
- Young Athletes Overview: Special Olympics Young Athletes™ is an early
childhood sports play program including games,
songs and other fun physical activities for children
aged 2 to 7 years old. Children with and without
disabilities play together and families have the
opportunity to get involved in the fun.
- Young Athletes Activity Guide (PDF): This Activity Guide provides user-friendly instructions for leading the Young Athletes activities, along with equipment recommendations and tips for leaders.
- Start a Youth Activation Committee Toolkit: Your toolkit for starting a Youth Activation Committee.
- Inclusive Youth Leadership Guidebook: A guidebook for leadership training.
- It's Our School, Too! Play (PDF): Script for 'It's Our School, Too!' play for inclusive performance.
- Starting a Partner's Club: How to create and sustain a Special Olympics Partner's Club.
- Youth Leadership Guide (PDF): Provide educators and students with effective leadership tools.