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Unified Champion Schools

Special Olympics Unified Champion 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.

Learn More and Become a Unified Champion School

Want to be a Unified Champion School TODAY? Fill out the Memorandum of Agreement
Start a Unified Basketball or a Unified Track and Field program TODAY!

Unified Champion Schools Partnership with Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association and Massachusetts Association of Student Councils

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) works alongside Special Olympics Massachusetts to promote Unified Sports through the Unified Champion Schools Program.  They are actively spread the Unified Champion Schools mission throughout their 376 membership 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 MA to join us in advocating for and supporting the Unified Champion Schools Program.

Learn more about the MASC

Criteria For Success

In order for your school to be a Unified Champion School, your schools must have the following 3 components:

Unified Sports

Play unified

  • 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:
    • Unified Basketball – Fall Season
    • Unified Track and Field – Spring Season
    • Unified Bocce – Fall and Winter Seasons (Contact your local MASC Student Council for more info)
Youth Leadership
  • Work togetherStudents 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. Learn more about the National Youth Activation Committee
Advocacy and Whole School Engagement

Spread the word to end the word.

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 2016-2017 Unified Champion High Schools!


Algonquin Reg High School
Amesbury High School
Apponequet Reg High School
Attleboro High School
Auburn High School
— Regional High School
Brockton High School
Canton High School
Carver High School
Chicopee High School
Chicopee Comprehensive
Dartmouth High School
David Prouty High School
Dighton-Rehoboth High School
Durfee High School
Fitchburg High School
Foxborough High School
Franklin High School
Grafton High School
Greenfield High School
Hingham High School
Hanover High School
Holyoke High School
Hudson High School
Joseph Case High School
Ludlow High School
Lunenburg High School
Marlborough High School
Middleboro High School
Milford High School
Minnechaug Reg High School
N Middlesex Reg High School
Nashoba Reg High School
Natick High School
New Bedford High School
North Brookfield High School
North Reading High School
Oakmont Reg High School
Oliver Ames High School
Oxford High School
Palmer High School
Plymouth North High School
Plymouth South High School
Pembroke High School
Quabog Regional High School
Rockland High School
Seekonk High School
Sharon High School
Shrewsbury High School
Silver Lake High School
Somerset-Berkley High School
Springfield High School of
— Science and Technology
Tantasqua Reg High School
Taunton High School
Tewksbury High School
Walpole High School
Wareham High School
Wellesley High School
West Boylston High School
Westborough High School
Westfield High School
Westwood High School
Whitman-Hanson High School
Wilmington High School