Unified Champion High Schools

Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools activates youth with and without intellectual disabilities to come together as student leaders, athletes, and agents for inclusion within their school communities. Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools motivates all students to create environments full of respect, dignity, and advocacy for students with intellectual disabilities.

Request more information to become a Unified Champion School

MIAA and MASC Partnerships

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) works alongside Special Olympics Massachusetts to promote Unified Sports through the Unified Champion Schools Program.  They are actively spreading the Unified Champion Schools mission throughout their 376 member schools.  Assistant Directors of the MIAA, Richard Riley and James Peter state, “our goal is to encourage and assist any MIAA schools interested in a Unified Sports program.” Learn more about the MIAA!

The Massachusetts Association of Student Councils (MASC) has chosen to partner with Special Olympics Massachusetts to join us in advocating for and supporting the Unified Champion Schools Program. Learn more about the MASC!

Start a Unified Basketball or a Unified Track and Field program TODAY!


We require all Unified Champion Schools to complete a mid and end of year survey to keep us informed on how your school is meeting the 3 components of Unified Sports, Youth Leadership and Whole School Engagement. Access to those surveys can be found below:

Mid Year UCS Survey

End of Year UCS Survey

Criteria For Success

In order for your school to be an official Unified Champion School, you must demonstrate the following 3 components. Once your school has these components, you can apply to become a Unified Champion School. Please email Patti Doherty for more details.

Unified Sports


  • Athletes with and without intellectual disabilities train alongside each other as teammates to promote inclusion, acceptance, and respect.
  • Teams in the Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools Program will engage in competition that will highlight each athletes strengths and abilities, making competition challenging and fun for each participant.
  • Sports we offer:
Youth Leadership

  • Students with and without intellectual disabilities will be given the opportunity to work together as leaders to advocate for inclusion and promote unified activities within the school and throughout the community.
  • May include:
    • Best Buddies (or a like program)
    • National Honors Society
    • Student Council
    • Youth Activation Council – A committee of students who bridge together their schools with Special Olympics and Unified Champion Schools to create an inclusive atmosphere made up of students who act as agents of change within their communities and beyond. For athletes and unified partners to represent their schools and apply to join the state wide YAC, they can download the application Here.
Advocacy and Whole School Engagement


Fans in the Stands

  • Students will attend inclusive events to cheer on their peers who are competing in unified events

MASC Plunge

School-Wide R-word Pledge

  • Students with and without disabilities will hold events for and raise awareness on the harmful effects of the word “retard(ed)” as well as encouraging their peers to pledge to end the incorrect and hurtful use of the R-word. Learn more about the School-Wide R-word Pledge.

Respect/Pep Rally

  • Students will hold a school wide rally to promote inclusion and to support their peers of all abilities.

Thank you to all of our 2020-2021 Unified Champion High Schools!

Schools in bold have been recognized as National Banner Schools. 

Agawam High SchoolGardner High SchoolNorth Attleborough High School
Algonquin Regional High SchoolGeorge R. Martin Elementary SchoolNorth Middlesex Regional High School
Amesbury High SchoolGrafton High SchoolNorth Reading High School
Andover High SchoolGreenfield High SchoolNorthampton High School
Apponequet Regional High SchoolGreenlodge Elementary SchoolNorthbridge High School
Ashland High SchoolGroton-Dunstable Regional HSNorwood High School
Attleboro High SchoolHampshire Reg. Middle and High SchoolOakmont Regional High School
Auburn High SchoolHaverhill High SchoolOld Rochester Regional High School
Auburn Integrated PreschoolHingham High SchoolOldham Elementary School
Auburn Middle SchoolHolliston High SchoolOliver Ames High School
Ayer-Shirley High SchoolHolyoke High SchoolPakachoag Elementary School
Balch Elementary SchoolHopkinton High SchoolPalmer High School
Barrett Russell ECCHorace Mann Laboratory SchoolParker Road Preschool
Bartlett High SchoolHudson High SchoolPembroke High School
Beckwith SchoolJohn F Kennedy Middle SchoolPickering Middle School
Bedford High SchoolJoseph Case High SchoolPlymouth North High School
Bellingham High SchoolJoseph Case Jr High SchoolPlymouth South High School
Bennet Hemmenway Elementary SchoolKing Philip Regional High SchoolPollard Middle School
Berkley Middle SchoolKnox Trail Middle SchoolPrescott Elementary School
Bernardston Elementary SchoolLawrence High SchoolRalph C Mahar Regional School
Beverly High SchoolLeicester High SchoolRiverview School
Bird Middle SchoolLeominster High SchoolRockland High School
Bourne High SchoolLexington High SchoolSalem Early Childhood School
Breed Middle SchoolLilja Elementary SchoolSalemwood School
Brennan Middle SchoolLinden Steam AcademySamoset School
Brockton High SchoolLittleton High SchoolSandwich High School
Brown ElementaryLowell High SchoolSeekonk High School
Bryn Mawr Elementary SchoolLunenburg High SchoolSharon High School
Burncoat High SchoolLynn Classical High SchoolShepherd Hill High School
Callahan Elementary SchoolLynn English High SchoolShrewsbury High School
Cambridge Rindge and LatinLynn Vocational Technical High SchoolSilver Lake Regional High School
Canton High SchoolMalden High SchoolSomerset Berkley Regional High School
Carlton Innovation SchoolMansfield High SchoolSouthwick Regional School
Carver Middle/High SchoolMarblehead High SchoolSt. Mark’s School
Chicopee Comprehensive High SchoolMarlborough High SchoolSwanson Road Intermediate School
Chicopee High SchoolMarshall Middle SchoolTabor Academy
Cleveland Elementary SchoolMartha’s Vineyard High SchoolTaunton High School
Coakley Middle SchoolMelrose High SchoolTewksbury High School
Concord Carlisle High SchoolMemorial ElementaryThayer Academy
Danvers High SchoolMethuen High SchoolUxbridge High School
Dartmouth High SchoolMiddleboro High SchoolWahconah Regional High School
David Prouty High SchoolMilford High SchoolWalpole High School
Dighton-Rehoboth High SchoolMillbury High SchoolWaltham High School
Dracut High SchoolMillis High SchoolWare Jr Sr High School
Durfee High SchoolMilton High SchoolWareham High School
Dutile ElementaryMinnechaug Regional High SchoolWellesley High School
Duxbury High SchoolMonomoy Regional High SchoolWest Intermediate School
East Brookfield Elementary SchoolMonson High SchoolWestborough High School
Edward F Leddy PreschoolMount Greylock Reg Middle High SchoolWestfield High School
Elmwood Street SchoolMurdock Middle High SchoolWestwood High School
Fairhaven High SchoolNashoba Regional High SchoolWeymouth High School
Falmouth High SchoolNatick High SchoolWhitman-Hanson Regional H.S.
Ferryway SchoolNatick Pre-SchoolWillett Early Childhood Center
Fitchburg High SchoolNeedham High SchoolWilmington High School
Forestdale SchoolNewton North High SchoolWilson Middle School
Framingham High SchoolNewton South High SchoolWire Village School
Franklin High SchoolNipmuc Regional High SchoolWitchcraft Heights Elementary
North Andover High SchoolWorcester Technical High School