Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools
Just as Special Olympics athletes strive to be the best, the Special Olympics Northern California Unified
Champion Schools Program encourages school communities to build fully engaged and inclusive
campuses for students with and without intellectual disabilities.
To achieve Unified Champion School status, schools must incorporate Unified Sports and can offer two
other activities from a variety of inclusivity-focused ideas.
Unified Champion School activities include:
Unified Sports brings together students with and without intellectual disabilities to compete on the same
team, fostering inclusion, understanding and engagement within a fun and interactive environment.
Organize a league or schedule a pick-up game during lunch!
Inclusive Youth Leadership
All students should have the opportunity to have their voices heard and become leaders on campus.
Inclusive Youth Leadership provides students with and without intellectual disabilities with an opportunity
to collaborate and help create more welcoming, accepting and respectful environments within their schools
and communities at large. Examples include Youth Activation Committees, student council involvement,
Best Buddies clubs, and volunteer engagement.
Whole School Involvement
Students can use online resources and information provided by Special Olympics to organize campaigns
within their school communities to promote respect and understanding. They can create banners and
collateral, host events or invite peers to hear from students with intellectual disabilities. Students may
also get involved with Spread the Word to End the Word, which focuses on ending the use of the R-word
Interested and want more ideas and tips to get your school involved?
Visit www.SchoolsPartnershipProgram.org or contact email@example.com for more information.
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