Unified Champion Schools ...
The Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools program is aimed at promoting social inclusion through intentionally planned and implemented activities affecting systems-wide change. With sports as the foundation, the model offers a unique combination of effective activities that equip young people with tools and training to create sports, classroom and school climates of acceptance. These are school climates where students with disabilities feel welcome and are routinely included in, and feel a part of, all activities, opportunities and functions.
This is accomplished by implementing inclusive sports, inclusive youth leadership opportunities, and whole school engagement. The program is designed to be woven into the fabric of the school, enhancing current efforts and providing rich opportunities that lead to meaningful change in creating a socially inclusive school that supports and engages all learners. What a Unified Champion School “looks like” can vary greatly from school to school, based on the needs, goals, schedules and other factors unique to each school; but the basic building blocks remain the same.
Together we are creating a Unified Generation that Chooses to Include. Join us.
An important feature of creating a socially inclusive school climate is engaging the entire school community in the process. Learn More.
Opportunities for youth with and without intellectual disabilities to become agents of change within their school, community, and state. Learn More.
tudents develop exceptional athletic skills while forming friendships, fostering respect for each other, and becoming leaders on and off the court. Learn More.