Unified Champion Schools ®

The mission of Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools Program ® is to activate youth around the country in an effort to develop school communities where all young people are agents of change – fostering respect, dignity and advocacy for people with intellectual disabilities by utilizing the programs and initiatives of Special Olympics.  The Unified Champion Schools Program is a national project, funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

Congratulations to all the schools that participated in the 2016-2017 Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools Program!!

3 components of the Unified Champion Schools Program

  • Inclusive Sports
    • Students with and without intellectual disabilities participate in sports alongside each other through Unified Sports or an Inclusive Youth Athletes Program.Examples:  Unified Sports, Young Athletes (ages 2-7)
  • Youth Leadership
    • Provide students with and without intellectual disabilities opportunities to take on leadership roles to promote unified activities in the school and in the community.Examples:  Partner’s Clubs, Teaming up with Best Buddies Club, SOMA Youth Activation Council
  • Whole School Engagement
    • When an entire school accepts and includes students and others with intellectual disabilities, it is a powerful community of change.Examples:  “R-WORD” assemblies, Fans in the Stands

Get Involved!

  • APPLY to become a MIAA Special Olympics Unified School
  • Start a Unified® BASKETBALL PROGRAM at Your School
  • Start a Unified® TRACK AND FIELD PROGRAM at Your School
  • Contact  schools@specialolympicsma.org if you have any further questions about the Unified Champion Schools Program®




*Source: Special Olympics North America (SONA) Project UNIFY 2012 survey.