2017 - 2018 Play Unified Grant Application

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Grant Application Overview and Guidelines

Special Olympics New Jersey (SONJ) is pleased to present the guidelines and application forms for the 2017-2018 Play Unified School Partnership Grants. Applicants may contact SONJ staff through early July with questions or for assistance.  All applications are due on or before Friday, August 11, 2017. If you need an extension, please contact us as soon as possible to discuss.

ABOUT SPECIAL OLYMPICS UNIFIED CHAMPION SCHOOLS PROGRAM

The Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools program promotes a socially inclusive school climate where acceptance, respect and human dignity for all students is the norm. A Unified Champion School equitably supports students with and without disabilities and fosters meaningful opportunities for every student to contribute. In Unified Champion Schools, young people of all abilities can be inclusive leaders and athletes, engaging their entire school community in creating an environment where every student feels challenged, supported and connected.

 

Special Olympics New Jersey Play Unified Grants

The Unified Champion Schools initiative is offered by SONJ through the Play Unified School Partnership. SONJ is committed to ensuring that every individual has an equal opportunity to participate safely and successfully in Physical Education and athletic, extracurricular and recreational activities that lead to a healthy, active and fulfilling lifestyle. Play Unified Grants fund Unified Champion School activities that bring students with and without disabilities together as classmates, teammates, friends and agents of change in their school. The focus moves beyond volunteerism toward meaningful interaction and building relationships, creating equal opportunity and a level playing field where students discover that they all have uniquely different abilities

 

Unified Champion Schools conduct activities in three areas: Inclusive Leadership, Unified Sports® and Whole School Engagement. Together, these youth-led initiatives bring students with and without disabilities together in repeated, meaningful interactions that promote positive school climate. They provide all students with equal access to opportunities to participate in sports, school clubs and activities that foster genuine social inclusion.  

 

1. Inclusive Youth Leadership recognizes that all students have leadership potential. In Unified Clubs, students of all abilities come together as equals to discover one another’s individual strengths. While finding their own voice, students come together as change agents to create a school environment where all students have the chance and support to reach their full potential. In Unified Clubs, students learn to co-lead and play alongside students with different abilities. Rather than engage as helpers or volunteers, general education students join Unified teams as equal and meaningful members of the team.


2. Unified Sports® provide youth with and without intellectual disabilities the opportunity to train and play together as teammates. Unified Champion Schools ensure that all students can access opportunities to develop their athletic skills and represent their school as athletes and leaders, all while cultivating understanding and respect for each other, fostering a community of camaraderie and forming friendships on and off the playing field. 


3. Whole School Engagement This area includes youth-led activities and programs that promote school-wide engagement, inclusion, education and awareness. Examples include Pep Rallies and/or Fans in the Stands, Respect Campaigns and fundraising. 


WHAT WE FUND

Play Unified Grants help schools implement a combination of effective activities that foster system-wide change.  Young people and adults are equipped with tools and training to combat stereotypes, eliminate hurtful language and foster safe and healthy activities and interactions. Students of all abilities come together as peers, teammates and friends in a school community that is welcoming, values the engagement of all students and is free from bullying, exclusion and negative attitudes.

  • Play Unified Grant funding supports projects and activities that create repeated, meaningful and sustainable inclusive sports, social and education opportunities.  All activities must aim to engage approximately equal numbers of students with and without disabilities of similar ages as teammates, classmates and peers.
  • One-time events such as Unified Game Days and assemblies are not considered primary funding activities. These can be included in a Unified School’s program offerings as culminating events, but the focus should be placed on activities that bring students together regularly in nearly equal ratios, or as close as possible, so they can form sustainable relationships and meaningful interactions.
  • While activities such as clinics or “buddy ball,” where school athletes of advanced ability coach and assist athletes with special needs, are valuable and can be included as Player Development in your Unified Sports program, they should not be the only or primary Unified Sports initiative.

 

Funding will be awarded to programs that focus on appropriate types of Unified Club and Unified Sports initiatives.


Non-Allowable Expenses

 

Play Unified Grants are made possible primarily from funds from the United States Department of Education and therefore are subject to strict spending guidelines. When preparing applications, keep in mind that funds cannot be used for:

  • Any activity that includes only students with or without disabilities
  • Activities where the ratio of students with/without disabilities is greater than 30%
  • Parties and one-time celebrations
  • Field trips and other out-of-school activities that include students not directly participating in the Play Unified Club and sports activities. For example, funds cannot be used for reverse inclusion activities that take the special needs class on a trip with an entire general education class
  • Food, other than snacks and water during sports activities or PRE-APPROVED lunches during a sports or youth summit even
  • Fees for assembly speakers or presentations
  • Stipends or payments for activities that take place during instructional time
  • Arts and crafts activities that are not directly related to Unified Club or Unified Sports initiatives
  • Durable equipment and supplies


ADVISER AND UNIFIED SPORTS COACH STIPENDS

Qualifications and Eligibility Criteria

 

Unified Club Advisers and Unified Sports Coaches are eligible for stipends. When creating your budget, stipends should be appropriate and pro-rated in alignment with the district pay scale for clubs and athleticsMonthly, midterm and final reports must be current before stipends will be paid. Please carefully read the stipulations for eligibility.

UNIFIED CLUB ADVISER STIPENDS:

·       Stipends are only paid for activities that take place outside of instructional time. Club Adviser and Unified Sports coaching for activities that are conducted during physical education classes or other class time are not eligible for stipends.  To qualify for a stipend, activities must take place during lunch, prep time, after school or on weekends and days off.

 

·      To qualify for an Adviser stipend, the club must meet a minimum of once a month, under the adviser’s supervision, for a minimum of 8 months.

 

·   A District Coordinator stipend can also be requested for someone handling all paperwork, reporting and/or participating as an adviser or coach.


UNIFIED SPORTS COACH STIPENDS:

·        Unified Sports Coach stipends are only offered at the Middle and High School levels.


·   Elementary schools do not qualify for Unified coach stipends unless they are conducting Junior Division Unified Sports programs after school or outside of instructional hours.

 

·      Stipend requests with supporting information on activities, practice and competition dates, and participation numbers must be submitted within 2 weeks of the end of the sports season to be honored.

 

·       To qualify for a Unified Coach stipend, an intramural, intra-district or interscholastic Unified sports program must include a minimum of 6 practices and participation in a culminating competitive event. The coach must complete the Special Olympics NFSA online Coaching Unified Sports course, protective behaviors and any other SONJ necessary paperwork. Pro-rated stipends can be paid for Unified Sports activities that include a minimum of 3 practices and a culminating competitive event.


·      For one coach, the stipend is not to exceed $1,500. When two coaches are employed for the same sport, the stipend is not to exceed $2,000 for that sport season. The amount is distributed at the school’s discretion.

 

·       Stipends are not paid for coaching one-time events, attending Special Olympics New Jersey or other one-time Unified Game Days or activities that take place during Physical Education

 

·    Unified Sports coach stipends do not apply to coaching Unified Special Olympics LTP/traditional sports activities.

 

·         Unified Coach Stipends are not paid for running a Young Athletes program.


FUNDING REQUIREMENTS

Unified Champion Schools conduct activities that bring students with and without disabilities together in repeated, meaningful activities and interactions, and impact the entire school community. Each school must include all three components including establishing a Unified Club, running at least one Unified Sports activity and holding a minimum of one Whole School Engagement event. Examples of activities in each area include:

 

1)   Inclusive Youth Leadership

·         Establish Unified Club, collaborate with other clubs and students organizations to increase inclusive offerings.

·         Youth Leadership Summits - club leaders attend Youth Summits with students from around the state, sponsored by SONJ

·         Lunch-mates - Create opportunities for students with and without disabilities to share lunch.  Try “Shake it Up Friday” where everyone sits with someone they don’t know.

·         Unified Pals - create opportunities for students without disabilities to be partners in other elective classes and clubs.

·         Hold trainings and meetings for students who run other clubs to teach them how to be more inclusive.

·         Events and Fundraisers - Get the whole school involved in the Cool School Challenge Polar Plunge or a fundraiser or Unified activity during lunch or on a test day.  Set a goal of how many students you’d like to get involved.

·         Presenting at a faculty or school board meeting to make a presentation on inclusive leadership and ways your school can become more socially inclusive.


2)   Unified Sports® & Skill Development

·         Unified PE Elective Course - A fully inclusive for-credit PE course for students with and without disabilities that includes three pillars: Sport Skills, Leadership and Health and Wellness. Unified PE counts as Unified Sports but we encourage schools to run Unified PE as a foundation for the overall Play Unified program at your school.

·         Learn. Practice. Play. UNIFIED. – Employ SONJ Resource Guide, Professional Development training and equipment to create meaningful inclusive PE experiences for all students.

·        Play Unified Interscholastic Club Sports/Shriver Cup – Schools can organize interscholastic play among club teams in any sport. Shriver Cup State Championships are offered in soccer, basketball and bowling.      

·        NJSIAA Interscholastic Unified Sports - School teams participate in conference, sectional and state championship events in basketball and track & field.

·         Intramurals - after-school intramurals, 3 on 3 tournaments, Intra-district games and tournaments.

·         Unified Sports Rec Program – Invite students throughout the community to come out and play on nights or weekends.

·         Unified Game Day- Inclusive teams of students from a school or district come together for Unified Sports days. (These are done at the elementary level as a culminating event for P.E. or intramural programs, or in addition to other Unified Sports options at the Middle and High School level.)

 

3)   Whole School Engagement

·         Disability Awareness Week/Abilities Awareness Fair – organize a week of awareness and Unified Sports activities, create a theme for each day to promote your club and engage your entire school in building understanding and inclusion.

·         Assemblies – Invite an SONJ Athlete and/or Unified Youth Leader from your school to make a presentation.

·         Create Videos/Show Special Olympics videos - partner with the school student TV, Communications or Photography Club and engage the district communications department to create fun videos to show on morning announcements or school TV to promote your Unified Club and Unified Sports activities.

·         Engage other teachers in language arts, guidance, athletics, music and art, world languages – everyone can incorporate disability awareness themes into their classes.

·         Hold a Eunice Kennedy Shriver Awareness Day - March is Disability Awareness month and Women’s History Month!

·         Pep Rally - celebrate your Unified Sports teams or Special Olympics Unified teams along with other athletes in the school.

·     Change the environment! Host a poster contest, create word walls or temporary murals, hold a poetry contest – be creative!

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GRANT APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS 

SONJ offers Play Unified Grants at three funding levels to individual schools and to districts applying for two or more schools. Please call Susan Colacello at 609-896-8000 ext. 284 if you have any questions regarding which level of funding is most appropriate for your school or district.

 

·         Level One: Unified Sports Assistance and Sustainability - Up to $2,000 to implement one or more interscholastic Unified sports seasons. These include Play Unified Club intramurals or interscholastic events, Shriver Cup Championships and SONJ-NJSIAA Interscholastic events. Funds may also be used to support an additional year of activity to help a specific program reach sustainability.

 

·         Level Two: Play Unified School Grant - Up to $4,000 to implement a complete Unified Champion Schools plan that includes organizing all three components: a Unified Leadership Club, Unified Sports and Whole School Engagement initiatives.

 

·         Level Three: Play Unified District Grant - Up to $20,000 for a district with at least three schools to implement all three Unified Champion School components in each school.  Districts may apply for ONE YEAR or THREE YEAR Grants. Three year grant applicants will answer additional questions in the Project Description portion of the Grant Application.

 

·         Elementary School Grants - Grades K-3 Elementary Schools are eligible for funding in the range of $1,000-$1,500 to establish a Unified Pals program, Unified P.E., a school-wide Unified Game Day or Junior Division Sports.


COMPLETING THE GRANT APPLICATION

 

STEP 1:  Assemble a School Leadership Team: Each applicant must have a School Leadership Team (SLT) in place to oversee the planning and implementation of the Unified Schools and Unified Sports programs. The team should consist of members from special services, athletics, administration, school safety team, guidance and general education. Establishing this interdepartmental collaboration is essential to successful implementation.

 

Step 2:  Identify School and District Liaison: The liaison will serve as the primary contact with SONJ and complete the Grant Application Cover Sheet, Project Description and attached Budget Workbook with support of the SLT. The liaison will also be responsible for all grant reporting throughout the year. He or she should carefully read the grant guidelines and requirements and consult with the administration, SLT and SONJ with any questions. It is important the liaison completing this application is an administrator or has obtained school administration approval before submitting the application. District applications are required to have a district liaison and a school liaison for each school included on the grant application. It is expected that the school and district liaisons will communicate with each other regarding the Unified Schools and Unified Sports programs happening in their school(s)/district. 

 

Step 3: Convene the School Leadership Team to Establish Goals, Activities and Budget: Bring together SLT members to discuss your school or district plan: how will your school establish a Unified Club, what Unified Sports activities can you successfully implement, how will you incorporate Whole School Engagement events like Respect Weeks and Pep Rallies. Estimating costs for these activities will determine the appropriate funding level. Keep in mind, it is fine to start small with a plan to build over time.

 

Step Four: Select Funding Level: Based on your SLT planning session, determine if you will submit an individual school grant application or a district grant application for three or more schools.  Based on the activities you identify and budget for, select the appropriate funding level and the matching funds or fundraisers you will conduct to help cover expenses.

 

Step Five: Complete Application and Budget Workbook: Write your responses to all questions in a WORD Doc. and SAVE. Then, submit the answers to your questions when prompted, on the application. Submit your Budget Workbook when prompted, on the application. 

 

Step Six: Plan Ahead for Next Year:  Determine what Unified Sports and Unified Club activities you will be undertaking so you can put logistics in place now. Think about what actions need to be taken this spring before school gets out to secure needed fields or gym space, ensure students have sports physicals, post Adviser and Coach positions, gain Board approval, secure transportation etc. If you plan to participate in Shriver Cup Unified Soccer in the fall, look now to recruit your players and make sure parents are informed to complete school physicals over the summer.


Filling in the Application Form


Application Checklist to Submit to SONJ:

·         Completed District Information, School Information and  School Leadership Team sections and Project Description (application questions) for each school requesting funding.

·         Completed Budget Workbook with projected expenses and budget justification pages.

 

FOR DISTRICT LEVEL APPLICATIONS:  

Complete the Grant Application and attached Budget Workbook for the entire district program, identifying the goals and budget specifics for each school when answering each question.  Individual project summaries can be attached.  Use the budget justification to break down the costs that will be allocated to each school in each category.  


Partnership Agreement

 

As the recipient of a Play Unified Grant, your district/school agrees to:


·         Identify a School Leadership Team and School Liaison to support implementation and facilitate communication with SONJ.

·         Implement at least one activity in all three Unified Champion School components, including Unified Sports, establishing a Unified Club and holding a Whole School Engagement event.  

·         Provide regular monthly reports to SONJ highlighting progress and participation numbers, as well as a mid-term and final report by stated deadlines.

·         Develop and implement a long-term sustainability plan to ensure that some Unified programs will continue without SONJ grant support.

·         Participate in professional development opportunities offered by SONJ.

·         Carry out at least one fundraising activity, such as the Cool School Challenge Polar Plunge or a school-based fundraiser.

·         Send a School Liaison or Adviser and a minimum of 2 youth leaders to a minimum of one SONJ Youth Leadership Summit and training.

·         Hold at least one School Leadership Team meeting to discuss plan for 2017-2018 following grant award.

·         Complete and adhere to approved budget and follow the acceptable spending guidelines outlined in Grant Award Letter.




Please kindly check the spelling of your email before continuing to the application.

Grant Application Cover Sheet

District & School(s) Information, School Leadership Team(s)


Due on or before Friday, August 11, 2017



District Information


PLEASE READ: 

In order for your application to be considered complete, you must include contact information for the Superintendent OR Assistant Superintendent, the Director of Athletics OR Director of Health & Physical Education AND the Director of Special Services. With this in consideration, you must have at least three contacts completed in this section. 

Please enter the contact information for the individual who will serve as your District Liaison FIRST. This individual should know what is happening with ALL Play Unified Schools related activities, for all schools involved.

Contact Information





Please only check the box above for the FIRST contact you list; the primary contact for your district, also known as the district liaison.
To add the TWO REQUIRED additional district contacts, please click "Add another district contact" above.
School Information








School Leadership Team

PLEASE READ:

Please complete the following for each school included in your application. 

As part of your Grant Application, you are required to put a School Leadership Team in place. This team will consist of the liaison, club adviser, principal and faculty from each of the following departments: Athletics/P.E., Special Services, General Education, Anti-bully/School Safety/Guidance, etc. 

In order for your application to be considered complete, you MUST include contact information for the Primary Contact (liaison), principal, an athletics/P.E. member, a Special Services member AND at least one additional member. 

If you have contact information for additional members at this time, please include that in the Additional Member(s) section. 

SCHOOL LEADERSHIP TEAM MEMBERS SHOULD BE DIFFERENT FOR EACH SCHOOL INCLUDED IN THE APPLICATION.

School Leadership Team
Primary Contact (Liaison)


The Primary Contact serves as the liaison and is the leader of the School Leadership Team, responsible for knowing what is happening with both the Unified Schools and Unified Sports programs. The liaison is also responsible for completing all reports required by SONJ. This person will be SONJ's main contact for ALL communication.



Please check the above box.
Principal



Athletics/P.E. Member



Special Services Member



Additional Member(s)






Please Note:The Primary Club Adviser is in charge of all activities related to the school's established Play Unified Club. The Club Adviser ensures the club meets at least once a month, for at least 8 months of the school year. Club Advisers coordinate Respect Week, and will attend Youth Summits with student members, as well as other SONJ events such as Unified Game Days and the Cool School Polar Plunge Challenge. Club Advisers ensure the three components of a Unified Champion School (Unified Sports & Skill Development, Inclusive Youth Leadership and Whole School Engagement) are being met. 

If you do not have an Adviser at the time of this application, you will be required to provide a name for a Club Adviser once funded.

To add more additional members, please click "Add an additional member" above.

School Information








School Leadership Team

PLEASE READ:

Please complete the following for each school included in your application. 

As part of your Grant Application, you are required to put a School Leadership Team in place. This team will consist of the liaison, club adviser, principal and faculty from each of the following departments: Athletics/P.E., Special Services, General Education, Anti-bully/School Safety, Guidance, etc. 

In order for you application to be considered complete, you must include contact information for the Primary Contact (liaison), principal, an athletics/P.E. member, a Special Services member for EACH SCHOOL's School Leadership Team AND at least one additional member.

If you have contact information for additional members at this time, please include that in the Additional Member(s) section.

SCHOOL LEADERSHIP TEAM MEMBERS SHOULD BE DIFFERENT FOR EACH SCHOOL INCLUDED IN THE APPLICATION.

School Leadership Team
Primary Contact (Liaison)


The Primary Contact serves as the liaison and is the leader of the School Leadership Team, responsible for knowing what is happening with both the Unified Schools and Unified Sports programs. The liaison is also responsible for completing all reports required by SONJ. This person will be SONJ's main contact for ALL communication.



Please check the above box.
Principal



Athletics/P.E. Member



Special Services Member



Additional Member(s)






Please Note:The Primary Club Adviser is in charge of all activities related to the school's established Play Unified Club. The Club Adviser ensures the club meets at least once a month, for at least 8 months of the school year. Club Advisers coordinate Respect Week, and will attend Youth Summits with student members, as well as other SONJ events such as Unified Game Days and the Cool School Polar Plunge Challenge. Club Advisers ensure the three components of a Unified Champion School (Unified Sports & Skill Development, Inclusive Youth Leadership and Whole School Engagement) are being met. 

If you do not have an Adviser at the time of this application, you will be required to provide a name for a Club Adviser once funded.

To add more additional members, please click "Add an additional member" above.

To add more schools as part of your district application, please click "Add an additional school" below.

Project Description


PLEASE READ:


Please complete the Project Description questions provided below. A copy of the Project Description questions can also be found on sonjplayunified.org under the Resources tab. Once you have completed the Project Description questions, please SAVE and UPLOAD the file below to submit it as part of your application. 


District applicants should complete ONE Project Description document. However, the specific goals and objectives for EACH SCHOOL should be included in the responses. 


Below are the Project Description questions you are required to answer. Please copy and paste the questions below into a Word document to complete:
  1. Question 1 is to be completed below (checkboxes).
  2. Identify your Play Unified goals for 2017-2018 and the activities you will implement to achieve them.
  3. How do you plan to implement your Unified Club, and what support will you provide your students in carrying out their Play Unified programs?
  4. How will you fulfill the Unified Sports component? What levels: Play Unified Club Interscholastic, Shriver Cup tournaments, NJSIAA Interscholastic Basketball and/or Track & Field, Intramurals, Intra-district? What sports will you participate in, what challenges do you anticipate and how will you address them?
  5. What is your plan for engaging your whole school? How will you incorporate the Respect Week campaign?
  6. Is your school currently involved in a Special Olympics New Jersey program? If so, how?
  7. Describe your plan for long-term sustainability. How will you support the Unified Champion School activities when SONJ funding ends?
  8. Do you plan on collaborating or playing other schools in your district or area?If so, explain how.
  9. If there are no other schools in your district currently participating, will you try to collaborate with them to expand the Unified Schools program? How do you plan to make that happen?
  10. What are your plans for fundraising? Will you participate in the Cool School Challenge Polar Plunge?
Three-Year Grant Applicants: Additional Questions

  1. Describe your three-year goals and plan for phasing in programming over the three-year period. How will you determine which Unified Schools initiatives are sustainable and how will you secure needed funding to supplement and replace your grant award.
  2. Include in your budget the amounts you are requesting for three years. The request should be reduce over the three years with a plan for sustainability in Year 4.

Initiative Descriptions

Please read the following before you select which initiatives you will implement in the checkbox question below.


Youth Leadership Committee

The Youth Leadership Committee is made up of young people, where members of the committee work together over the course of the year to develop strategies to promote school communities where all young people are agents of change. The Youth Leadership Committee uses a wide variety of tools to communicate effectively, such as e-mail, conference calls, Facebook, state summits and state rallies to educate, motivate and advocate for the respect, inclusion and acceptance of all people, regardless of abilities.

 

Youth Leadership Summits

SONJ held Youth Leadership Summits bring youth leaders together for leadership training, networking and team building. Youth Summits are held throughout the year, across the state. The leadership activities done at Youth Summits help students with and without intellectual disabilities find their voices by teaching them to become change agents striving for respect and inclusion. Youth Summits are a great place to plan what club members would like to do in their Play Unified Club and plan what changes they would like to see at their school.


Adaptive Physical Education Class

The adapted physical education program includes the same concepts, skills and content as the general physical education program, however it applies differentiated instruction, teaching strategies, equipment and assessments specially designed to meet the needs of students with different abilities. 

 

Learn. Practice. Play. UNIFIED. Inclusive Physical Education Class

Create an inclusive P.E. program where all students have access to a fun, positive and meaningful experience. Introduce an equitable peer partner strategy, where all students participate as teammates and leaders. Professional development for staff is available upon request. 

 

Unified P.E. Elective Course

SONJ, in collaboration with the NJAHPERD (New Jersey Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance) and the NJDOE (New Jersey Department of Education), created a Unified P.E. elective course. A Unified P.E. elective course offers general education students a Unified P.E. option for credit. 


Unified Pals

Mainly for elementary schools, but can serve as Best Buddies or Partner Club to pair students with and without disabilities one-to-one for school activities. 

 

Young Athletes program

Young Athletes is an inclusive sport and play program for children with and without intellectual disabilities and developmental delays ages 2 - 7 years old. Young Athletes provides children with activities and games that meet their individuals skill level and ability levels, while allowing them to play together in a fun and inclusive environment. The program shows that all children should be valued for their talents and abilities. Young Athletes can be used in the preschool or physical education classroom.

 

Junior Division Sports

Junior Division is a new SONJ training and competition opportunity to meet the needs of emerging athletes grades 3 - 6. By offering modified play and competitions, our hope is to transition younger athletes and improve athlete performance for intramural and interscholastic Unified Sports.

 

Respect Campaign/Anti-bullying/Ability Awareness Fair

Organize a week of awareness and Unified Sports activities, create a theme for each day to promote your club and engage your entire school in building understanding and inclusion.

 

Invite a SONJ Athlete Global Messenger

Sargent Shriver Global Messengers are athletes trained in public speaking who then help spread the message and vision of the Movement, as well as the benefits they have gained by participating in Special Olympics. Global Messengers have proven to be the Movement's most effective spokespeople.

 

Club Fundraising

Encourage Play Unified Club members to think of creative fundraising ideas to help cover the costs of activities/materials not funded by this grant. Make posters, sell treats, and get your school community and local community involved in supporting your club activities and sports programs.

 

Cool School Challenge Polar Plunge

Earn your bragging rights - and other cool stuff - by participating in this school group challenge at the SONJ Polar Plunge. The school who raises the most money will be crowned "Coolest School" and take home the Cool School Challenge trophy to be displayed at their school. Teams must consist of a minimum of 10 students and each team member must raise $100.


Fans in the Stands

Fans in the Stands is a program designed to promote unity and encourage students, friends and families to get groups together to make posters, banners or organize pep rallies for Special Olympics teams in their schools and communities.

 

Play Unified Club Intramurals

Take sports beyond the school day, and establish an after-school/weekend sports club where students can explore and play a variety of sports in a social and inclusive recreational setting. This is a great way to introduce students to team play and game rules in a less competitive environment. This option often works well for schools that are new to the program and need to gauge the sport interest and skill levels of their students.


Play Unified Club Intra-District

Create a Unified team from your Play Unified club that practices together regularly and then coordinate with other Play Unified schools in your district or area to organize recreational competitions.


Play Unified Club Recreation (Recreational Mini-Tournaments, Rec Night/Weekends, Unified Recess, School Unified Game Days)

Students with and without disabilities play together with some modifications and mentoring. Recreational play does not follow any prescribed training, competition and/or team composition requirements.

 

Unified Recess

This is a great option for elementary schools. Get your students together on the playground during recess and just let them play! It's a natural way to start breaking down barriers and building friendships. Play Unified Club members can organize inclusive activities and stations during recess.

 

Unified Game Days

Celebrate and demonstrate the skills your students have learned in Unified P.E., or offer a fun opportunity for students to interact as teammates by hosting a Unified Game day. These events can be done any time during the school year. SONJ often hosts Unified Game Days throughout the year.


Unified Rec Night/Weekends

Once a week for 6-8 weeks, schedule a Unified Rec Night for pick up soccer, basketball, volleyball, kickball or any other fun inclusive activity. Host a culminating event at the end of the sessions. The Rec Night should be sponsored and promoted by your Play Unified Club. Unified Rec can be open to all ages and is a great way to also involve the PTOs and families in your district.


Unified Recreational Mini-Tournaments

Hold Unified Recreational Mini-Tournaments to add a bit of structured competition to your Unified Rec Nights/Weekends or Intramural teams. Mini-Tournaments can even serve as a fundraiser for your Play Unified Club!


Play Unified Club Interscholastic

Create a Unified team from your Play Unified Club that practices together regularly and then coordinate with other Play Unified schools in your district or area to organize recreational competitions. 

 

Shriver Cup Championships

Shriver Cup Championships are SONJ held state competitions in soccer, bowling and basketball for high school Play Unified Club Interscholastic teams and College Unified teams. The Shriver Cups typically have two divisions, one more competitive and one more recreational. Schools self-select which division they would like to compete in.

 

NJSIAA Interscholastic Unified Sports

NJSIAA Interscholastic Unified Sports are regional school and conference competitions. SONJ, in collaboration with the NJSIAA, will offer high schools the opportunity to send Unified teams to play in culminating events at NJSIAA State Championships in select sports. As the first phase in establishing Unified Sports divisions and events, these Unified teams should be organized through your athletic department as school teams. Unified athletes and partners will proudly wear the same school uniforms as other school teams and represent their school in Unified Sports. They should practice and travel as part of school teams as appropriate. Students and coaches will need to meet certain eligibility requirements prior to participation. All students on the team will need an athletic physical on file to practice and compete.

School Project Description

Please read the above information before you select which initiatives you will implement in the checkbox question below.







FOR DISTRICT APPLICATIONS:
To add another school that is included in your district application, please click "Add another school project description" above. You MUST click this to add as many schools that are included in your application.

Budget

PLEASE READ:

Please complete the Budget Workbook emailed to you. A copy of the Budget Workbook can also be found at sonjplayunified.org under the Resources tab. Once you have completed the Budget Workbook, please SAVE and UPLOAD the file here to submit it with your application.



Please include the totals for each of the categories on your Budget Workbook below. These totals must also be on your Budget Workbook.
Coach Stipends

Coach Stipends - $1,500 per sport; $2,000 for two coaches per sport. Requires a minimum of 6 practices with culmination competition.
Adviser Stipends

Adviser Stipends - $500 for one adviser per school club for one school year.
Transportation

Transportation - to and from Unified Sports practices and competitions, as well as SONJ Youth Summits or events. This does not include transportation to Unified Game Days or non-approved Unified trips.
Facility Rental

Facility Rental - for developmental, recreational or competitive Unified Sports and youth leadership events.
Fees

Fees - costs related to running or participating in Unified Sports, or events directly related to the Play Unified movement.
Supplies

Supplies - club activity and sports supplies; limited at $500 per school.
T-shirts

T-shirts - club shirts for only the members of your Play Unified club. Respect Campaign shirts are provided outside your grant by SONJ, up to 50 shirts. Additional Respect Campaign shirts over 50 will be charged to your grant. Grant T-shirt funds cannot pay for T-shirts for fundraisers or to be sold.
Equipment

Equipment - directly related to your Unified Sports and Inclusive Physical Education program. The grant does not pay for capital equipment.
Posters or Banners

Posters or Banners - to be used for Play Unified club activities.
Water/Snacks

Water/Snacks - for Unified Sports events and club meetings; all food purchases MUST be pre-approved by SONJ.
Uniforms

Uniforms - for Play Unified school-based sports only, not to be used for SONJ LTP (Local Training Program) programs. We are not able to reimburse any additional apparel purchases for sweatshirts, sweatpants, etc.
Program Cost Share

Program Cost Share - any contribution your school makes to the Play Unified initiatives including space, maintenance, officials, food, uniforms, t-shirts, equipment, etc.

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