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  • 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece

    Nearly 7,500 athletes just returned home from the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece. The athletes demonstrated their skill in 22 Olympic-style sports and were supported by 25,000 volunteers. With 180 countries represented, these games made a statement that was heard around the world.

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    Classroom Conversation Starters:

    1. What type of impact might the World Games have left on Greece?
    2. What types of activities beyond the games would be important for athletes, families and fans to experience?
    3. If you could speak to one of the athletes who competed in the Games, what would you ask him or her?
  • "It's Not Acceptable" PSA

    Special Olympics just released a new PSA that aired during the season finale of Glee. The PSA, titled "It's Not Acceptable" tackled some key issues around the Spread the Word campaign. Check out the video and tell us what you think.  Full Story ›

    Classroom Conversation Starters:

    1. What do you think this ad is trying to achieve?
    2. Who is the main target audience for this PSA?
    3. How might you explain the importance of ending the R-word to your friends?
  • Spread the Word to End the Word

    On March 2, 2011, students from around the country (and world) gathered together to promote awarness around the hurtfulness of the R-word ("retard" or "retarded"). People are pledging to share a new R-word - RESPECT. Check out what 195,000 people have to say about it.  Full Story ›

    Classroom Conversation Starters:

    1. Have you ever heard this word used in your school or community? Have you used it yourself?
    2. What would you do if you heard someone say the R-word to a friend?
    3. How would you react if you heard an adult use the R-word?


  • Make a Difference! Students and parents talk about their experience with Special Olympics. Listen to their stories.
  • Tell Your Story! Students from Carlmont HS created a 3-word video to share their messages of strength and courage. Check it out!
  • Take Action! Students at Leslie MS made the video to demonstrate the new r-word: Respect! Watch the video.

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Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education

Special Olympics Project UNIFY started in 2008 as a U.S. national project, funded by the U.S Department of Education, with the goal to activate youth around the country in an effort to develop school communities where all young people are agents of change - fostering respect, dignity, and advocacy for people with intellectual disabilities by utilizing the programs and initiatives of Special Olympics.