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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.

Request more information and become a Unified Champion School

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 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!

Criteria For Success

In order for your school to be a Unified Champion School, you must demonstrate the following 3 components. If your school has these components, please apply to be a Unified Champion School by filling out the Memorandum of Agreement!

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 Council
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 2018-19 Unified Champion High Schools!

Schools in bold have been recognized as National Banner Schools. Schools in italics are part of the new 2019 class of National Banner Schools.

Algonquin Reg High School
Agawam High School
Amesbury High School
Andover High School
Apponequet Reg.l High School
Attleboro High School
Auburn High School
Ayer-Shirley Reg. HS
Bellingham High School
Billerica Memorial High School
Bishop Connolly High School
Bishop Feehan High School
Bourne High School
Brockton High School
Burncoat High School
Canton High School
Carver Middle/High School
Chicopee Comp High School
Chicopee High School
Dartmouth High School
David Prouty High School
Dighton-Rehoboth High School
Durfee High School
Duxbury High School
Falmouth High School
Fitchburg High School
Franklin High School
Foxborough High School
Framingham High School
Franklin High School
Grafton High School
Granby High School
Greenfield High School
Groton-Dunstable Reg HS
Hampshire Reg Middle & HS
Haverhill High School
Hingham High School
Holliston High School
Holyoke High School
Hoosac Valley Reg. HS
Hopkinton High School
Hudson High School
Joseph Case High School
King Philip High School
Lawrence High School
Littleton High School
Lowell High School
Ludlow High School
Lunenburg High School
Malden High School
Mansfield High School
Marlborough High School
Martha’s Vineyard Reg. HS
Medfield High School
Methuen High School
Middleborough High School
Milbury High School
Milford High School
Milton High School
Monomoy Reg. HS
Monson High School
Mt. Greylock Reg. HS
Nashoba Regional High School
Natick High School
Nauset Regional High School
Needham High School
New Bedford High School
Newton North High School
Newton South High School
North Andover High School
North Attleborough High School
North Brookfield High School
North Middlesex Reg HS
North Reading High School
Northampton High School
Northbridge High School
Norton High School
Oakmont Regional High School
Old Rochester Regional HS
Oliver Ames High School
Palmer High School
Pembroke High School
Plymouth North High School
Plymouth South High School
Riverview School
Rockland High School
Sandwich High School
Seekonk High School
Sharon High School
Shepherd Hill Reg. HS
Shrewsbury High School
Silver Lake Regional High School
Somerset Berkley Reg HS
South Hadley High School
Springfield Sci Tech High School
Stoughton High School
Sturgis Charter Public School
Tabor Academy
Tantasqua Regional High School
Taunton High School
Tewksbury High School
Thayer Academy
Trinity Christian Academy
Wahconah Regional High School
Walpole High School
Wareham High School
Wellesley High School
Westborough High School
Westfield High School
Westwood High School
Weymouth High School
Whitman-Hanson Regional HS
Wilmington High School
Winthrop High
Worcester Technical HS