Before premiering their new film “The Sun Is Also A Star” to the world, stars Charles Melton (Riverdale) and Yara Shahidi (Black-ish) invited Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools® students to an advanced screening in New York City! Students, together with the movie's stars and other celebrities, were able to watch the film, which is adapted from the best-selling novel by Nicola Yoon, and then had the opportunity to meet the stars of the film. The students were not the only ones who liked the movie; Global Ambassador Dale Moss was spotted enjoying the movie as well. Through watching the film, students were able to see a new way of thinking about what it means to #ChooseToInclude and take some of the messages of acceptance and understanding back to their daily lives within their schools and communities.
Three million young people participate in 6,500 Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools® across the US with support from the US Office of Special Education Programs at the US Department of Education. These young people make up the Unified Generation. They are taking personal ownership within their schools and communities to ensure that everyone has the right to play, learn and live together through shared leadership opportunities of students with and without intellectual disabilities. To learn more about the Unified Generation, visit: https://www.generationunified.org/