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  • Three youth wearing matching sports jerseys smiling and giving a peace sign during a Special Olympics event.

    Unified Schools

    Special Olympics Unified Schools empowers youth and educators to be leaders of change. By playing and learning we will create a more inclusive world.

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Unified Champion Schools

Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools is a comprehensive model implemented in the US that combines Unified Sports, Inclusive Youth Leadership and Whole School Engagement to create school and community climates of acceptance and inclusion. Learn more. Click here to see all Unified Champion Schools events!

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Play Unified, Live Unified

Inclusive sports provide youth with and without intellectual disabilities the opportunity to train and play together as teammates. Students develop exceptional athletic skills while forming friendships, fostering respect for each other, and becoming leaders on and off the court. Learn more

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Engaging All Students

Students of all abilities have the power to positively impact their school communities by promoting social inclusion. With tools such as Spread the Word to End the Word®, Get Into It, and Special Olympics College Clubs, youth are creating an educational environment where respect and acceptance are the norm and all students feel included and engaged.

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Unified Champion Schools Resources

To learn more about Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools, visit our Resources Homepage where you'll find a collection of tools to assist students, teachers, and State Programs in promoting Unified Champion Schools in their schools and communities.