Unified Champion Schools

Unified programming was inspired by a simple principle: when people with and without intellectual disabilities train together, play together, and learn together the path to friendship and understanding is easily paved. 

Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools is education and sports-based programming led through student engagement. With the assistance of funding from Special Olympics North America and the Office of Special Education Programs, Special Olympics Montana and partner schools serve as a force for social inclusion across the state. Our vision is to create a world where people with intellectual disabilities are welcomed in their communities and join with others to learn, work, compete and play, having the same rights and opportunities as others.

Become a Unified Champion School

Sign the Pledge!

New School Pledge
Returning School Pledge

Become a National Banner School

Does your school display the 10 standards of excellence and an ongoing commitment to excellence?  Become a National Banner School.  For more information contact Jeannette Gray, Unified Champion Schools Senior Director.  jgray@somt.org

Apply here!

College Standards
Standards for Middle and High School
Standards for Elementary Schools

Resources for a Distance Learning Environment

With schools across the United States returning to learning in different ways, it is essential that there are adaptations available that help make Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools® programming just as possible as before. When preparing for back to school, take a look at the below resources for tips on how schools can adapt to the “new normal” and ensure socially inclusive programming is still a priority.


Inclusive Youth Leadership
Special Olympics Unified Sports®
Whole School Engagement
Additional Resources

Respect Store

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For more information contact Jeannette Gray Unified Champion Schools Senior Director