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US Schools Get National Unified Champion School Banner Recognition


A Special Olympics Unified Champion School has an inclusive school climate. One that exhibits a sense of collaboration, engagement and respect for all. A Unified Champion School receiving national banner recognition is one that has demonstrated commitment to inclusion by meeting 10 national standards of excellence. These standards were developed by a national panel of leaders from Special Olympics and the education community.

The primary activities within these standards include: Special Olympics Unified Sports® (where students with and without disabilities train and compete as teammates), Inclusive Youth Leadership and Whole-School Engagement. Banner Unified Champion Schools are also able to demonstrate they are self-sustainable and have a plan in place to sustain these activities into the future.

We celebrate the US schools who have met the 10 standards of excellence and thank them for their dedication to inclusion! Please follow the link to view all banner schools.

Special Olympics Chairman, Tim Shriver, along with all of Special Olympics North America, congratulate you on becoming a nationally recognized Unified Champion School.

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