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Friday, February 10 • 11:30 - 12:30
Unified Sports - Inclusive Sports Programs in High Schools

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Special Olympics Unified Sports is a program that brings together students with and without intellectual disabilities to train and compete together on the same sports teams. The purpose of Unified Sports in Alberta is twofold: create more inclusive school environments and provide more opportunities for sport and physical activity at the high school level. Research sanctioned by Special Olympics International shows schools that implement Unified Sports display an increase in inclusive school culture, decrease in bullying, and increase in healthy lifestyles that continue beyond the high school years. In the 2015/16 school year, grade 9-12 students from nine different schools throughout the province competed in Unified Basketball and Unified Track events as part of the pilot year of Unified Sports in Alberta. In these events, students with intellectual disabilities were excited to wear their school’s jerseys, compete as part of a school team, and work on different sport skills. Students without intellectual disabilities had the opportunity to act as mentors and build leadership skills. All students built new relationships that resonated throughout their schools. This session will focus on what Unified Sports is, how to implement it in your school, and the potential benefits of using sport as a unifying element within your school.

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Johnny Byrne

CEO, Special Olympics Alberta
Johnny Byrne has been a longstanding member of the Special Olympics movement, beginning with his first interaction as an intern at Special Olympics Canada in 1999. Since then, he’s experienced almost every role within the organization and much of the country, moving to positions... Read More →

Friday February 10, 2017 11:30 - 12:30
Shaw CC: Salon 17/18 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus 10-12
  • Tags English

Attendees (26)