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Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools Activities

Do you want to make a difference on your school campus? Interested in becoming a youth leader in your school/community? Join the 5,700 schools and students involved across the country who are working to benefit Special Olympics. Learn more about the ways you can get involved!
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Start a Unified Team

Special Olympics Unified Sports creates unique teammate bonds through sports experiences just like any other sports team. These experiences create a culture of inclusion and foster understanding in schools and communities. Participation in Unified Sports leads to new friendships, improved self-esteem and positive changes in attitudes, behavior and performance for all students involved. The program creates a lasting impact on all those participating and is a great addition to any education environment.
Teenagers playing flag football on a unified team.

Interscholastic Athletic Association Partnership

Interscholastic Unified Sports increases school athletic participation by including a new population of students - both the Special Olympics athletes and the Unified Partners. Special Olympics athletes experience invaluable social inclusion and new sports opportunities as a sanctioned program of the state Interscholastic Athletic Association.
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Young Athletes

Special Olympics Young Athletes is a sport and play program for children with and without ID, ages two to seven years old. Young Athletes introduces basic sport skills, like running, kicking and throwing. It also offers families, teachers, caregivers and people from the community a chance to share the joy of sports with all children.
Four teenagers with and without intellectual disabilities smiling and posing during an R-Word Campaign.

Create a Unified Club

A Unified Club is a club for students with and without intellectual disabilities that comes together for sports, games, community service, school events, and most of all, to have fun!

Two resources that will give you more information on creating a Unified Club are:

  • Starting a Unified Club
  • Youth Leadership Guide

These helpful guides can be found on our Unified Champion Schools Resources page.

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Join a Youth Activation Committee

Do you want to become an agent of change in your community? Learn more about joining a group of your peers with and without ID in your school or across the state to work together throughout the year to educate, motivate and activate their school and state communities.

  • Youth Activation Committee Toolkit
  • How to Host a Youth Rally
  • How to Recruit for Diversity

These helpful guides can be found on our Unified Champion Schools Resources page.