Changing Hearts and Minds Starts in Schools

Changing Hearts and Minds Starts in Schools

Special Olympics believes that in order to create lasting attitudinal change across the world, the focus must begin on today’s youth. As part of a concerted strategy to ensure the movement reaches as many young people as possible, in all demographic settings, Special Olympics has created Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools®: a program designed to promote social inclusion and social-emotional learning through inclusive sport, inclusive youth leadership development, and youth-led advocacy for inclusion in primary schools, secondary schools, and universities around the world.

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Hasbro has been a partner of Special Olympics and the Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools® program since 2016, supporting the expansion of inclusive school programming in the United States (Washington, Rhode Island, Florida, California) and globally (Canada, India, Great Britain, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia).
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Unified Sports
Unified Sports was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding for athletes with and without intellectual disabilities.
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Kellis High School is one of many Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools that are transforming the lives of students with and without intellectual disabilities through whole school inclusive programming.