Global Youth Engagement
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 built model including, Unified Schools, Inclusive Youth Leadership, and Whole School Engagement.
Warren High School was honored as an ESPN Top 5 Unified Champion School in February of 2019. A Special Olympics Unified Champion School receiving national banner recognition has met the 10 standards of excellence in the areas of Special Olympics Unified Sports®, Inclusive Youth Leadership, Whole School Engagement, and Program Sustainability. Recently, Warren students Iantha Khan and Diego Salazar hosted actor Max Carver at Warren and explained what going to a Unified Champion School in the US is all about.1 Min Read
Rowan University was recognized as a top-five Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools®. Rowan was the first in New Jersey and one of the original collegiate programs in the country to embrace togetherness in sports and education.1 Min Read
Kenmore Middle School was recognized on April 12th, as a top-five Special Olympics Unified Champion School, becoming the first middle school to receive the honor for embracing togetherness.1 Min Read
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).2 Min Read
Brighton High school in Brighton, Michigan was recognized on October 19th as a top-five Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools® in the country. Brighton students play together in the sports of flag football, basketball, and bocce.1 Min Read