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17-25 June 2023

Unified Generation

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Special Olympics Europe Eurasia Regional Youth Leadership Summit 2022

The areas of education, youth & school can be found together in the Unified Generation program. The target groups here are primarily daycare centers, schools and sports clubs.

Who is the Unified Generation?

  • Young people with different talents and abilities who grow up together without barriers.
  • Students, athletes, volunteers, sports clubs and youth clubs.
  • Activities of the Unified Generation are directed to children, teenagers and young adults and intended to encourage encounters, joint projects and long-term collaborations.

What is our goal?

  • In the course of the Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023, we want to empower and actively involve as many young people with and without disabilities as possible.
  • We provide the cause and ideas – you implement them! Spread the ideals of inclusion with and through sports. You can get involved in our project days before, during, and after the events in 2022 and 2023.

Our Program

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Dive in & learn

Break down barriers, update your knowledge and get to know more about inclusion! Various educational formats offer the best option for everyone.

We provide:

  • Teaching and learning material for 5 Unified Sports®: Basketball, Volleyball, Floorball, Table Tennis, and Badminton.

    You can find the complete material to download on the website of Special Olympics Germany. A small preview is available here.
  • Workshops for teachers and coaches
  • Science for All - International Lecture Series. Here is more information on how to participate.
  • Unified Generation x KinderUni Lichtenberg
    In cooperation with the KinderUni Lichtenberg and the Unified Generation program, children and young people were trained on the topic of inclusion and accessibility. Read more about it below.
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Try new things & play sports together

Experience inclusion firsthand! Make inclusion tangible with existing or new partners, discover great connections and establish new ones.

Our support:

  • The “Everybody Joins!”- project competition has been completed and 20 winning projects have been selected. You can read more about it below.
  • Tips & tricks on inclusion, plain language, accessibility, funding opportunities, inclusive action days and much more can be found here.
  • Craft and create with Special Olympics: Use the parts of the #Berlin2023 logo and be creative. Coloring sheets are available here. Also discover our coloring template and craft sheet of our mascot Unity.

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Be part of the movement & visit

Become part of the Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023. Join us and experience an amazing atmosphere!

Experience inclusion:

  • At the Unified Generation stand, you can learn more about the Special Olympics youth and school program. You can get information about inclusion and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, take photos and sign our big "Unified Generation Wall". Come by and become part of the #UnifiedGeneration.
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“Everybody Joins!” - project competition

The project competition, which took place from February to April, invited daycare centers, schools, and sports clubs across Germany to come up with inclusive projects that foster encounters between people with and without intellectual disabilities.

Out of 34 project ideas that participated in the public voting, 20 amazing project ideas won funding of up to €1000. The project ideas range from building Lego ramps together to establishing a new unified volleyball team, to a collaborative drum concert using pezi-balls.

We are eagerly looking forward to implementing the projects and will visit a selected project with Friend of the Games Lukas Rieger.
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School visits at Uni Lichtenberg

Under the motto "How can we overcome barriers?", from March to May, we visited numerous elementary schools, special schools, and vocational schools in Berlin.

In interactive school sessions, we made barriers tangible, brainstormed with the students on how to overcome them, and discussed the role of sports and the Special Olympics in this context.

"The lesson was exciting because we learned a lot about mental and physical disabilities and how to overcome the barriers" was the feedback from the children. Many thanks to the University of Lichtenberg for organising these school visits together with us.
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Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact us directly:

Bettina, Anna, Charlene, Kathrin, Reynaldo and Jan