Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools® is a strategy for schools Pre-K through College that intentionally promotes meaningful social inclusion by bringing together students with and without intellectual disabilities to create accepting school environments.
Sign your school up for the 2023-2024 school year by CLICKING HERE!
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 three component 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.Together we are creating a Unified Generation that Chooses to Include.
The Class of 2023 – 2025 U.S. Youth Ambassador application IS NOW OPEN!!
The U.S. Youth Ambassadors are a group of 14 Unified pairs selected to serve a 2 year term to represent their state Program at the national level. During their 2 year term, they’ll work closely with Special Olympics North America staff, and other U.S. Youth Ambassador pairs to grow their leadership skills through advocacy & storytelling, advisory & input, and professional development.
Check out the application information page to learn more!
**Application Closes Friday, June 23rd at 3pm MST**
Youth Innovations Project Application NOW OPEN-- Are you Ready to Promote Inclusion in Your Community?
Special Olympics awards project-based grants to young people with and without intellectual disabilities. These grants fund youth-led projects that promote inclusion in schools and communities across the globe. What is a Youth Innovation Grant? Special Olympics awards project-based grants to Youth Leaders around the world twice per year in amounts of 500, 1,000, 1,500, or 2,000 U.S. Dollars.
Click here for more information and to apply. **Applicants will be notified whether or not they have been accepted 30 days from the date of application submission**
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Whole School Engagement
Awareness and education activities that promote inclusion and reach the majority of the school population. Examples are Inclusion Campaign, pep rallies, “fans in the stands”, “Spread the Word”, etc.
More examples and how to implement Whole School Engagement can be found in the Unified Champion Schools Playbooks above.
Spread The Word
Inclusive Youth Leadership
UCS in Action