The NFHS is committed to providing an inclusive and positive environment for all students and to encourage participation. The NFHS believes that an understanding of the unique physical, psychological, emotional, and developmental needs of all middle-level age student participants should drive all aspects of middle-level education. Our goal is to guide middle-level students, coaches, administrators, parents, community and collaborative stakeholders to work together to influence every student to realize their potential to become the best versions of themselves in a safe environment. We believe middle-level Education-Based Activity programs exist to connect students to the fabric and culture of the school which leads to academic and life-long success. Our ultimate purpose behind education-based activities is human growth and development which focuses on behavior, socialization, and self-realization.
More than 12 million high school students in America participate in school activities with some taking advantage of multiple opportunities such as playing a sport, singing in the choir or performing in the school musical. The NFHS has developed the course because while taking part in activities should be fun, we recognize that participating can lead to so much more. There are inherent learning opportunities from taking part in activities. Doing so can lead to greater academic achievement, an enhanced connection to community and a better understanding of those with whom we share these experiences.
Unified Sports is an inclusive sports program that unites Special Olympics athletes (individuals with intellectual disabilities) and partners (individuals without intellectual disabilities) as teammates for training and competition. This course will help you understand and implement Special Olympics Unified Sports in your school.