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
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any further questions about the Unified Champion Schools Program®
*Source: Special Olympics North America (SONA) Project UNIFY 2012 survey.