The following is an excerpt from an article titled Timothy Shriver of Special Olympics International: 5 Things That Should Be Done To Improve The US Educational System published by Authority Magazine.
In my capacity as Chairman of Special Olympics, the other exciting project I am helping to lead is the expansion of one of our most transformative programs, Unified Champion Schools (UCS). UCS creates opportunities for youth with and without intellectual disabilities to come together to develop exceptional athletic skills while forming friendships, fostering respect for each other, and becoming leaders on and off the field of play. The results are changing lives as our young people become advocates for social inclusion as well as agents of change within their school, community, and state. We are thrilled that Unified Champion Schools is now being expanded around the world, as we are witnessing major policy shifts toward inclusion. One major success is the United Arab Emirates, which has committed to bringing the program to all of its government schools.