Special Olympics & Inclusive Schools Week

Inclusive Schools Week

Rebuilding Together

Inclusive Schools Week December 6-12, 2021!

Link to: Inclusive Schools website

During the week of National Inclusive Schools Week, December 6th - 12th, The Physical Education & Physical Activity Department of SFUSD is hoping every teacher will provide 1-2 lessons that foster a better understanding among special education students and their general education peers. 

Physical Education & Physical Activities Events:

1. Special Olympics Northern California (SONC) Unified Fitness 49ers Virtual Event 

2. Special Olympics Northern California (SONC) & Thurgood Marshall Access Virtual Speaker: 

Special Olympics Athlete Portrait


Justin Voltaggio of Santa Clara has been in Special Olympics since high school and has competed in basketball, bowling, floor hockey, golf, soccer, tennis, softball, swimming and Unified Flag Football. He believes that Special Olympics is a great way to meet people and participate in sports. 

Justin has showcased his skills in regional competitions and at the Northern California Summer Games, and even earned a gold medal in tennis at the 2006 USA Games in Iowa. He is a certified Global Messenger for Special Olympics and has spoken at numerous events, including the 2018 Santa Clara Poker Tournament, the Santa Clara Board of Supervisors meeting, and at local schools. Justin also volunteers at fundraisers including the Santa Cruz Polar Plunge. He was named as the Special Olympics Athlete of the Year by the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame in 2015. Justin will once again represent Northern California at the Special Olympics USA Games next year in Orlando, Florida.

This is open for all age levels. The Special Olympics Athlete will share their own personal journey, and talk about the importance of inclusion and equity.

Physical Education & Physical Activities Lessons and Activities for:

Spread the word to end the word lessons

More SFUSD Events & Resources for Inclusive Schools Week 

SFUSD Inclusive Schools Week Webpage
Students, Staff, and families are encouraged to attend to support their students, schools and teams 

Inclusion Week Lessons and Activities
Below are lessons and videos you can use. 

    Inclusive Spirit Week

    If your school has an Instagram….

    ·      Promote this week on your school’s Instagram account! A student leader on our YAC created Instagram Squares for all schools to use which can be found here:  Inclusive Spirit Week Instagram Squares

    ·      Follow us on Instagram @sonc_yac and spread the word to any neighboring schools!

    Digital Resources

    School Partnership Program Digital Resources

    School Partnership Program 

    Useful resources for families and caregivers:

    Special Olympics Professional Developments

    Please feel free to reach out if you are interested in attending our Professional developments. These are in collaboration with the Special Olympics of Northern California and the Physical Education & Physical Activities Department.  

    Professional Development Dates: 

    • Fall PD Date TBA
    • Spring PD Date TBA

    Special Olympics Events

    SFUSD & SONC Logo

    Special Olympics Unified Games unifies students with & without disabilities through activities that provide them with the knowledge, experience, and skills necessary to create and sustain school communities that promote inclusion, acceptance, and respect for all students. We offer unified teams and skills stations through Soccer and Basketball. 

    DUE TO COVID-19 ALL in-person events have currently been suspended, until further notice. 

    Soccer Special Olympics 

    • Date: TBA
    • Location: TBA

    Middle School & High School Basketball Special Olympics 

    • Date: TBA
    • Location: Various Locations

    Elementary Basketball Special Olympics 

    • Date: TBA
    • Location: TBA

    Track & Field Special Olympics

    • Dates: TBA
    • Locations: TBA

    School Partnership Program with Special Olympics of Northern California

    SONC School Partnership Program

    SFUSD and SONC Schools Partnership Program will provide competitive and non-competitive athletic opportunities (including Unified Games) to all school-age children with special needs. Our ultimate goal is for all participating students to experience a fun, inclusive, and safe environment that fosters a deep understanding and respect of individual differences, and that through the spirit of teamwork, inclusiveness, and individual challenges, life skills are enhanced.

    Our three large events include soccer, basketball, and track & field. Usually, these events take place in winter, spring, and late spring/early summer. Our goal is to expand the number of students we reach with our events within SFUSD and provide more events for them to partake in, in the future. ​

    Young Athlete Program (YAP)

    The Young Athlete Program introduces PreK/TK children to the world of sport through fun activities that support cognitive developments, strengthen motor skills, and provide social interaction. 

    If you are interested in this program please email Sasha Trope, from Special Olympics of Nor-Cal.: SashaT@sonc.org

    Questions about Special Olympics?

    Contact Sasha Trope

    For questions please reach out to SashaT@sonc.org

    95 Gough Street San Francisco, CA 94102