Unified Schools

A program designed to promote social inclusion and social-emotional learning through inclusive sport.
Tim Shriver sits next to female student at a high school assembly.
Timothy Shriver and Roger P. Weissberg defend Social and Emotional Learning in an article published by the education journal Phi Delta Kappan.
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A mother with her arm around her young son, leaning against him and smiling.
This has been a breakthrough year for my son Ali. Until four years old, no school accepted him into any programs. They would say that he was not social, that he would not get along with other children, and that he did not perform well in their school setting. Ali never wanted to go to school, he hated it.
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Cover page of the Global Youth Engagement Impact Report. Photos of youth engaging in Special Olympics around the world.
Special Olympics Global Youth Engagement seeks to create inclusion in schools and communities around the world through the empowerment of youth, families, teachers, and other supporters.
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Tanner standing in a field looking off into the distance.
When Tanner first joined Special Olympics Unified Sports® at Fife High School, his perceptions of what it would be were wrong. But so were Fife’s perceptions of Tanner.
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NFL legend and SiriusXM host Ed McCaffrey interviews athlete Antrone “Juice” Williams and NFL quarterback Baker Mayfield of the Cleveland Browns.
Every year, the week before the Super Bowl features the one of the largest gatherings of media in the United States. Consumer sports, entertainment, lifestyle and business broadcast outlets set up to cover the news and festivities before the Big Game on Sunday.
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This was a big year for Special Olympics. From high-level competitions and high-profile partnerships to the expansion of Unified Sports and Athlete Leadership, the power of inclusion was on full display.
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Unified group standing together for a group photo.
ESPN’s Around The Horn Host Tony Reali attends Generation Unified 2019 in Washington, DC with Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools locations and activities.
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A team of unified Russian football players
Shuya, Russia—Special Olympics Russia hosted an All-Russian Youth Football and Unified Football Tournament with more than 100 participants—with and without intellectual disabilities—representing six regions of the Russian Federation.
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Students sitting at tables looking at a presentation
Chicago, Illinois, September 23, 2019 – Over the past four days youth leaders with and without intellectual disabilities from 12 states and Canada came together for the Special Olympics Inclusive Youth Leadership Summit. With the support of KPMG, students participated in networking sessions, leadership development trainings and experiential opportunities that furthered their understanding of what it means not only to be a leader but an inclusive leader.
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A group of four swimmers in with their arms around one another smiling for a group photo.
You know how important it is to #ChooseToInclude! Show off your skills and put your knowledge to the test in this Special Olympics Inclusion Quiz!
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