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AFT and Special Olympics

Special Olympics

The AFT has a long tradition of community service by supporting organizations and causes that go hand-in-hand with our union’s mission and goals. Our union’s role as a supporter of Special Olympics is just one example of the AFT working together with the community to make a difference. Many AFT members are active in Special Olympics across the country as supporters, volunteers or coaches. They often say that it is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding experiences of their lives.

Watch Special Olympian Angie Picchi address the delegates at the 2008 AFT Convention in Chicago.

Featured Article

Cortese Helps Send Special Olympians off to World Games
Special Olympics Team USA received a rousing sendoff from hundreds of supporters, including AFT secretary-treasurer Antonia Cortese, as the team of about 450 athletes and coaches prepared to fly from Baltimore to Athens, Greece, June 18 for the Special Olympics 2011 World Games June 25-July 4.... more.

Read other articles about AFT's partnership with Special Olympics.

Resources for the Classroom

The AFT also has collaborated with Special Olympics on teacher resources such as "Get Into It," a free K-12 service-learning curriculum designed for regular education or inclusive classrooms, and Project UNIFY, which uses sports and education programs to activate young people to develop school communities where all youth are agents of change.

For additional resources, visit the Classroom Activities page in our "See a Bully, Stop a Bully: Make a Difference" campaign site.