Spread the Word to End the Word


Join us on March 7, 2018 to help Spread the Word to End the Word!

The Spread the Word to End the Word® campaign is a movement focused on eliminating the use of the R-word, ‘retard(ed)’, around the world. Use of that R-word, is hurtful and painful and whether intended or not, is a form of bullying. This campaign invites everyone to join in and pledge to stop using the R-word in everyday language. Developed by students, the focus is to encourage schools to get involved and have their students adopt language of respect and inclusion.

What can my school do?

Schools can get their students involved in many ways! Below are some of the most popular ways to get

  • Pledge Drive  Students pledge to stop using the r-word and sign a school wide banner (provided by Special Olympics Utah) or pledge cards. Pledge drives can last from 1-day to a week! School are creative in sharing how students take the pledge.
  • Video Challenge  Students can create videos of how their campus shows inclusion and why they choose not to use the r-word and get as many students on campus involved as possible. Videos can be shown during school announcements, during an assembly, or at a sporting event. Videos can be sent to chatterton@sout.org for a chance to be highlighted on Special Olympics website and win a Unified Special Olympics prize pack!
  • Instagram Contest Students, faculty, and staff are invited to post how they are taking the pledge and how they show respect and use #rwordUT when posting it to Instagram. The winning photos will be highlighted on Special Olympics social media pages as well as a Unified Special Olympics prize pack.
  • Respect Rally Hold an assembly at your school to encourage inclusion, respect, and positive language. Athlete from your school and from Special Olympics Utah can speak and share how words can affect you. This is a great way to end a week of a pledge drive and help to educate students on the Spread the Word movement.

If you are interested in a Spread the Word to End the Word® campaign at your school, sign up at the link below!

Sign your school up here!

To find out more ideas for your school, tool kits, information, and examples, visit www.r-word.org.

For more information on how to get involved, contact our Youth & Sports Partnerships Program at 801.363.1111 or information@sout.org