Unified Champion Schools is acceptance.Unified Champion Schools is unity. Unified Champion Schools is youth driven. Unified Champion Schools is friendship. Unified Champion Schools is fun.
Unified Champion Schools is a U.S. national project, funded by the U.S. Department of Education. It is much more than a re-naming of existing school-based programs; rather, it is an innovative response to the unequivocal research that shows Special Olympics local programming can contribute to eradicating the social and environmental walls to inclusion.
Special Olympics believes that through sports young people can make a difference in friendships, schools and communities. Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools incorporates Special Olympics sports and related activities; however, Unified Champion Schools is committed to a movement advocating for youth as change agents now and in the future.
Unified Champion Schools initiatives include a host of core activities, like Spread the Word to End the Word®, Unified Sports®, Get Into It®, Young Athletes® and more. With 38 active U.S. State programs, Unified Champion Schools is currently featured in over 1,700 schools and engaging more than 600,000 young people.