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The goal of Project UNIFY is to activate young people around the country in an effort to develop school communities, empowering them to be agents of change - fostering respect, dignity and advocacy for people with intellectual disabilities by utilizing the programs and initiatives of Special Olympics.


Unified Sports

Respect Campaign


Athletes with and without
intellectual disabilities 
train and compete on the
same teams.

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Learn about the derogatory
effects of the R-word and
join our RESPECT

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What is Project UNIFY?
Project UNIFY is acceptance. Project UNIFY is unity. Project UNIFY is youth driven. Project UNIFY is friendship. Project UNIFY is fun.


Project UNIFY is a U.S. national project, funded by the U.S. Department of Education. It is much more than a re-naming of existing school-based programs; rather, it is an innovative response to the unequivocal research that shows Special Olympics local programming can contribute to eradicating the social and environmental walls to inclusion.


Special Olympics believes that through sports young people can make a difference in friendships, schools and communities. Special Olympics Project UNIFY® incorporates Special Olympics sports and related activities; however, Project UNIFY is committed to a movement advocating for youth as change agents now and in the future.


Project UNIFY initiatives include a host of core activities, like Spread the Word to End the Word®, Unified Sports®, Get Into It®, Young Athletes® and more. With 42 active U.S. State programs, Project UNIFY is currently featured in over 1,500 schools and engaging more than 600,000 young people.


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