Project Unify Spec. Olympics

PROJECT Unify & Special Olympics
Special Olympics Project UNIFY

Special Olympics Project UNIFY® is an education-based program that uses the sports and education initiatives of Special Olympics to activate youth to promote school communities where all young people are agents of change – fostering respect, dignity and advocacy for people with intellectual disabilities. But it is much more.

Project UNIFY is acceptance. Project UNIFY is unity. Project UNIFY is youth driven. Project UNIFY is friendship. Project UNIFY is fun.

Project UNIFY is a U.S. national project, funded by the U.S. Department of Education. It is much more than a re-naming of existing school-based programs; rather, it is an innovative response to the unequivocal research that shows Special Olympics local programming can contribute to eradicating the social and environmental walls to inclusion.

Special Olympics believes that through sports young people can make a difference in friendships, schools and communities. Special Olympics Project UNIFY® incorporates Special Olympics sports and related activities; however, Project UNIFY is committed to a movement advocating for youth as change agents now and in the future.

Project UNIFY initiatives include a host of core activities, like Spread the Word to End the Word®, Unified Sports®, Get Into It®, Young Athletes® and more. With 38 active U.S. State programs, Project UNIFY is currently featured in over 1,700 schools and engaging more than 600,000 young people. 

A Catalyst for Change

The magic of Project UNIFY is manifested in the inclusive friendships formed as youth with and without intellectual disabilities work together as leaders to create communities of caring and respect. Youth become core leaders in their school communities using Unified Sports® and Spread the Word to End the Word® as the catalyst for fostering positive school climates.

Are you ready to join our movement? Find a Special Olympics Program in your neighborhood and see how you can begin to change your school and community. Or visit our Resources Homepage for more information on getting involved with Special Olympics Project UNIFY.

Get Involved! What You Can Do

Unified Basketball Game
Our Unified Basketball Game will be played during the Varsity game vs RRHS on Feb 19th! We will play a short 8 min game during halftime!

Practices will be held on Feb 11th, 17th & 18th at 6:00pm in the CHS gym.

Please sign up for more details.
Unified Bowling Tournament
Santa Ana Starlight Lanes
1pm - Check -in
1:30-4:00 PM
Unified Flag Football Game
Cleveland High School Project UNIFY vs RRHS Project UNIFY

Meet at 6pm at the vistor gate at RRHS Stadium. We will sit together on the north side of the stadium in the available seating. During halftime, we will play a short 6 minute game to show our community what it's like to play unified sports and belong to a unified community!
Transition EXPO 2015
February 25th, 2015
CHS Concert Hall and Lobby

Transition Expo 2015

Transition from high school to the adult world can be challenging for anyone. For students with exceptional needs and their families, the transition from the school setting to their adult life takes even more preparation. While students are in school they receive instruction, support services, therapies, and transportation from a single source. When they eventually exit the public school system, there are major changes. In the adult world, services for individuals with disabilities are handled through a variety of agencies, organizations, and providers. Students and their families can begin to take a proactive approach to ensure a more successful transition into their adult life.

To help students who have transitional need and their families learn more about transition to adult life, Cleveland High school will host Rio Rancho Public School’s 4th Annual Transition EXPO on February 25th from 9:00-12:00 PM in our Concert Hall and Lobby. Interested students, families, and others throughout Rio Rancho, Sandoval County, and beyond are invited to make valuable face-to-face contacts with the many resources, agencies, and adult services providers available for a successful transition from public school to the adult world.

Since early planning is crucial, we encourage families with students as young as pre-k to attend the EXPO. Learning to navigate the crowded sea of adult services is a huge factor in the transition from high school to the adult world. The most successful families I’ve worked with are those who start the process as soon as their child is identified as having a disability. However, it’s never too late to start making these important contacts!
The EXPO is free and open to the public. We’ll provide any updates prior to the event through the RRPS website.
Special Olympics Halloween Party
The Rio Rancho Rockets will be hosting their annual Halloween Party at the Italian American Club. Click on link for directions

It will be held on Oct 31st Halloween night from 6-9. Anyone interested in volunteering or attending please contact Mr. Vigil in room A1116 or at
Project UNIFY Basketball Skills Camp
Saturday Oct 25th
- 1:00-3:00 PM
- CHS Aux gym
CHS Boys and Girls Basketball players along with Project UNIFY will demonstrate and instruct athletes and partners in basketball skills, drills and competition. This is a great opportunity for athletes and partners to interact and participate alongside each other and make new friendships and develop community relationships.
Free Pizza for all volunteers and participants will be provided at the conclusion of the camp.

For more information contact Mr. Vigil
April 25th, 2015 @ CHS Stadium 9am-2pm
Let's show our school spirit and get "FANS IN THE STANDS" to support and cheer on our Special Olympic Athletes at their Area 5 Track & Field & Bocce Ball competition! May 3rd CHS will host the AREA 5 Games at the Cleveland High School Stadium. Opening Ceremonies will begin at 9AM and the events will run until completion. The Bocce Ball competition will be held on the grass soccer fields next to the stadium.
End of the Year Banquet
End of the Year Banquet will be held on May 7th, from 6:00-7:30. Set up will be at 5:15.
Unified Bowling Tournament
Anyone interested in competing in our unified bowling tournament on March 22nd please register with Mr. Vigil ASAP.
Feb 21st Mayor's Invitational
This Saturday is the Mayor's Indoor Track Invitational at Albuquerque Convention Center from 10:30-2:30. Please go support all of our CHS athletes competing.
Project Unify Club Meeting
In addition to our regular WED during lunch we will also meet Thursday 2/27/14 after school from 2:30-3:30.
Posole Ole 5K Run/Walk
Sign up to start collecting pledges at Search for Posole Ole 5K Run/Walk. Register under the Cleveland HS team. Then begin to get Friends and Family to pledge through email, Twitter, or Facebook.

The race will be on Saturday, Dec 7th 2013. To participate in the 5K Run go to and register. Registration cost is $35 and food, fun and prizes will be included and available.

Bowling Trips
Thanks for making our Bowling trips so successful!
If you signed up for the NOV 1st Trip, please come by room A1118 to pick up the permission slips ASAP!!
Change of DATE for BBALL Camp!!!
Date has been move form Oct. 19th to the 20th!!!!
"A PARK ABOVE" Groundbreaking!!
Oct 12th will be the groundbreaking ceremonies for a new all access and abilities park in Rio Rancho. It will be at the Rio Grande Gracious Living Center at 2441 Westide BLVD SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124.  Free Hotdogs and Drinks!!!
We will need help for the Area 5 Bowling Tournament on Sunday Oct. 13th from 8AM-12PM.
It will be held at the Santa Ana Starlight Bowling Lanes.

Please let Coach Vigil know if can help!!!

Wed Oct 9th during Both Lunches.!!

We will meet Thursday September 26th from 2:30-3:30 in Room A1118.

We will be discussing and planning our Basketball Skills Camp, Unified Teams, and fundraising.

Weekly Meeting
We will meet during both lunches Wednesday's to discuss ideas, participation, fundraising and upcoming events.
Project Unify Club Meeting
We will be starting our Project Unify Club this school year. Our first organizational meeting will be August 29th at 2:30 in room 1118.
Project Unify & Special Olympics
What Special Olympics and Project Unify are all about!!

Please visit these websites!!!  *look here for ideas on other ways to help out and be a leader!!!!*


How to get involved! Read these pages! Figure out how what suits you best as a volunteer.




Volunteers forms (‘A')- Print out and return ASAP

Important Dates


August 29th, 2013

First Project Unify Club Organizational Meeting


Special Olympics New Mexico
Visit website for volunteer information and forms