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Schools Partnership Program
At Special Olympics Northern California, we want to instill in all students the confidence to succeed in life. We've made sports training and competition a part of the regular school day. Read on to learn more.
The Schools Partnership Program is a unique education program in K-12 public schools. This program is about more than sports, it is a valuable education program that unifies disabled and non-disabled students, via Project Unify, bringing acceptance and respect to their campuses.
Currently the program includes:
6,131 special education student-athletes
200 + Schools
3,500 Non-Disabled Peers supporting their fellow students
24 weeks of sports training & competition
Special Olympics Northern California provides a grant to the public school district or county to offset the cost of the program. The Schools Partnership Program is completely free to all participants. Equipment, uniforms, training guides and curriculum — we provide it all! Learn more about our current school partnerships.
San Francisco County Unified School District's Special Education teacher, Brian Friedman, named Schools Partnership Teacher of the Season. Congratulations Brian! Read more!
Learn more about our individual Schools Partnership Programs
Contra Costa County Schools Partnership Program.
Fresno County Schools Partnership Program.
San Francisco County Schools Partnership Program.
San Mateo County Schools Partnership Program.
Tri-Valley Schools Partnership Program.
The program takes place during the school day with training and fitness integrated into the classroom. Student athletes train and compete in 3 seasonal sports; soccer, basketball and track & field. For many, this is their first opportunity to compete, be part of a team or to be cheered on by the family and friends.
Check out our new Schools Partnership Blog and share a comment.
Watch a video of our schools program in action!
But it is not only the special education student-athletes who benefit from the School Partnership Program. The lives of the non-disabled students are also impacted. Through their interaction with the student-athletes, the non-disabled students learn respect and acceptance of people with intellectual disabilities and to dispel negative attitudes and stereotypes. There is no question that the life lessons gained for both the special education student-athletes and the non-disabled students goes far beyond the playing field of sports and are ones that are ingrained in them for the rest of their lives.
Check out photos of our second annual Bay Area Schools Games held on April 30, 2013!
If you would like to support to our Schools Partnership Program, please see the Support our Schools page. We can’t provide our valuable programs without you
In addition to the Schools Partnership program, Special Olympics Northern California has several school based programs who have a rich history of hosting Special Olympics sports training and competitions. Every year these program provide amazing competition opportunities, serving hundreds of athletes in their local communities. These programs have a positive impact on the entire student population and they are entirely voluntary!
Special Olympics Young Athlete Program
Another component of the Schools Partnership Program is the Special Olympics Young Athletes Program. This program is geared for children between the ages of 2 and 7 as a means to introduce them to the world of sport. Learn more.
View some Young Athlete Program photos.