Youth Activation Summit 2014… going from include to UNIFY!

April 29, 2014

On Thursday, March 20, a group of nine high school students dedicated to advocating for respect and inclusion, hosted the statewide Special Olympics Project UNIFY® Youth Activation Summit for 108 of their peers, teachers, staff and middle school students at the Keva Sports Center in Middleton.


After playing laser tag and eating pizza Wednesday evening, students spent the next morning sharing why they joined Project UNIFY and learned about the organization from CEO Denny Alldridge and Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) athlete David Thompson. A slideshow of Project UNIFY related activities highlighted the school’s accomplishments in each of the three Project UNIFY components: Youth Leadership, Unified Sports/Recreation, and school wide engagement.


Tyler Wigington, an athlete who will compete in flag football at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in New Jersey this June, and Marta and Courtney, two of the students who will attend the Games as Youth Activation members, spoke to the students about attending a national Special Olympics event. 


The group bonded and engaged in team building by forming the word, “UNIFY”. During the afternoon, students explored Unified Sports® basketball, volleyball and bocce and took part in recreation stations! The day was jam-packed with friendship, joy and fun. Click here to view photos from the event. 


Help create communities of acceptance, understanding, and respect at your local schools. Connect with us and start the conversation so we can begin a program in the 2014-2015 school year, contact Krysten Kirsch or Jeanne Hrovat

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