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A Unifying Force in New York

Special Olympics New York and the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, Inc. are partners in a new Unified Sports program, just one of only a few in the United States in which Special Olympics and a state association have collaborated. The partnership will bring together students with and without intellectual disabilities for the opportunity to compete on one team. The partnership establishes a pilot unified basketball program where 12 schools will participate in practices and games spanning approximately eight weeks. Schools will have the opportunity to compete in their first game on 5 May. Janet Froetscher, Special Olympics CEO, said, "We believe that the youth of today are a unifying force and our Project UNIFY strategy is a proven model that breaks down barriers of misunderstanding, activating youth as leaders, and encouraging whole school involvement."