The New York State Public High School Athletic Association and Special Olympics New York are proud to offer Unified Sports to NYSPHSAA member schools. Project Unify is made up of three main components: 

1. Inclusive Sports: combines athletes (players with intellectual disabilities) and athletes (players without intellectual disabilities) to create athletic teams for training and competition. Participation is rooted in the principle of meaningful involvement which ensures that every player is given an opportunity to contribute to the success of his or her team through their unique skills. Inclusive activity is among the most condusive ways to break down sterotypes and foster relationships.

2. Youth Leadership & Advocacy: provides students with and without intellectual disabilities opportuities to take on leadership roles in promoting Project Unify activities in their schools and in their communities. 

3. Whole-School Engagement: provides opportunities for all students to participate in school-wide campaigns and activities such as Fans in the Stands, Pledge and Plunge, and the R-word Campaign.


Learn more about our Unified Sports programs across New York State and the impact they have on our member schools:


For more information about Unified Sports and the Special Olympics New York partnership with NYSPHSAA, check out the materials below:

 Principle of Meaningful Involvement
 Project Unify Testimonial
 Superintendents Project Unify 
 Unified Sports Handbook
 Unified Sports Brochure
 Youth Activation Committee (YAC)

Todd Nelson
NYSPHSAA Assistant Director

Nate Johnson
Director of SONY Unified Sports