Did you know Project UNIFY has a new name? Project UNIFY is now Unified Champion Schools!
Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools (formerly Project UNIFY) guides young people to make a future that’s welcoming and respectful to all. It’s an inclusive program, so everyone is welcome. Together we make an inclusive future for us all.
It’s time for our next Over the Edge giveaway! If you haven’t registered yet for NOLA Over the Edge: SWAT Edition, now’s the time to do it!
You can have the opportunity of a lifetime and rappel 25 stories down Benson Tower, ride in a helicopter across the Mississippi River, and SWAT train with JPSO- all while supporting SOLA!
If you register for NOLA Over the Edge before Thursday, November 3rd you could win (2) tickets to a New Orleans Pelicans game! The winner will be announced on Facebook on November 3rd. Stay tuned!
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As an official broadcaster of the Special Olympics World Winter Games, ESPN’s television coverage will be carried across its networks in the U.S. as well as streamed through WatchESPN and the ESPN App.
The inspiration, pageantry, performances and special guests of the World Winter Games Opening Ceremony will air on ABC on March 18, followed by Games coverage on ABC the next day, a program each weeknight on ESPN2 from March 20-24 and a wrap up program following the Games, recapping the competitions and Closing Ceremony. ESPN’s nightly coverage will include interviews with athletes and special guests, a daily competition showcase featuring highlights from the day’s action, profiles and feature stories and on-site reporting. The World Winter Games will also be featured in SportsCenter and other ESPN programming over the course of the week.
A special series of original vignettes will also be produced as a part of ESPN’s coverage and will begin appearing on ESPN television and digital media in the buildup to the beginning of ESPN’s coverage of the World Winter Games. The vignettes will provide powerful snapshots of Special Olympics athletes, coaches and teams from around the world, as well as other notable people, places and historical stories relating to Special Olympics.
“The Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria are going to be a remarkable showcase of the power of sports to have a positive impact on people’s lives” said Russell Wolff, executive vice president, ESPN International. “We’re extremely excited about our coverage plans and very proud to again be showcasing the Special Olympics movement across our media, bringing the amazing competition, athleticism, stories and spirit on display in Austria to millions of fans around the world.”
Mary Davis, Special Olympics CEO, said, “Thanks to ESPN, Special Olympics athletes will be showcased to the world for everyone to witness and appreciate their gifts, talents and courage. Our athletes are often forgotten in sports, and in many aspects of life, so the attitude-changing coverage ESPN will provide will help us get that much closer to achieving our vision of creating inclusive communities all over the world.”
ESPN’s coverage will also be carried in at least 190 countries and territories around the world on ESPN television and streaming networks, including throughout Spanish-speaking Latin America, Brazil, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. ESPN and Special Olympics International are also working together to find additional local television distribution in dozens of countries and territories globally where ESPN does not have television networks.
ESPN’s coverage of the World Winter Games Austria 2017 will begin less than 20 months after the ground-breaking coverage of the LA2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles, and will again showcase to the world the unparalleled displays of skill, courage, spirit, and joy that are hallmarks of Special Olympics events.
Special Olympics World Winter Games on ESPN Digital Media
ESPN’s multiple editorial teams from all over the globe will contribute to the coverage, as well as a team of journalists on the ground in Austria throughout the Games.
About Special Olympics World Winter Games Austria 2017
ESPN and Special Olympics
Earlier this year, ESPN and Special Olympics committed to continuing their alliance to use the power of sports to promote social inclusion and acceptance by reaching two agreements: an extension, and expansion, of ESPN’s Global Presenting Sponsorship of Special Olympics Unified Sports® and a new, three-year global programming agreement.
The new $1.5 million grant supports Special Olympics Unified Sports, as well as other initiatives, and extends and expands a role ESPN has held since 2013. Dedicated to promoting social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences, Special Olympics Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. It was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding. With support from ESPN and others, Special Olympics has grown this innovative and inclusive program to more than 1.2 million participants. As part of the continued support of Unified Sports, ESPN will invest in Special Olympics’ goal to build Unified Sports programming and resources in 10,000 schools by 2020 and ensuring 100,000 coaches receive new/renewed sports certifications by 2020.
ESPN’s new global Special Olympics programming agreement means ESPN is not only an Official Broadcaster of the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria, but will also be the Official Broadcaster of the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle, and the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games. ESPN is also adding more news and feature coverage of other Special Olympics events, athletes and stories over the course of the three-year agreement.
ESPN believes that, at its very best, sports uplifts the human spirit. Its corporate citizenship programs use the power of sport to positively address society’s most pressing needs through strategic community investments, cause marketing programs, collaboration with sports organizations and employee volunteerism, while also utilizing its diverse media assets. For more information go to www.espn.com/citizenship.
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The below paragraph is a guest post from SOLA Athlete, Channing Ewing, from our Northwest Area about this past weekends State Fall Classic in Lafayette, LA.
“I had a good time in Lafayette. The staff at Pelican Park did a great job. I really enjoyed their boudin balls at the concession stand. It was great to see all my friends again. I enjoyed meeting the new Director of Sports and Competition, Matt Gore. The dance was blast as usual. I didn’t get a chance to go to Olympic Town this year, but I hope that I can next year.”
Thank you to all of our athletes, coaches, partners, sponsors, volunteers, etc. that made State Summer Games a success! We couldn’t have done it without you!
Pictured above are SOLA Athletes Robert Eagle (left) and Channing Ewing (right).