Unified Champion Schools promotes social inclusion by bringing together young people with and without disabilities on sports teams (Special Olympics Unified Sports) through inclusive student clubs, together in school or community-wide initiatives, and by fostering youth leadership.
At its core, this Unified strategy is about unifying all students—with and without disabilities—using sports as a catalyst for social inclusion and attitude and behavioral change.
Unified Champion Schools does not intend for students to simply be recipients of programming; instead, young people are the architects of lasting change and community building. Adults serve as allies to youth, rather than managers of youth.
SPORTS AS THE FOUNDATION FOR INCLUSION
With sports as the foundation, the Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools offers proven programs and activities that equip young people with tools and training to create sports, classroom and community experiences that improve attitudes and behaviors among all young people, both with and without intellectual disabilities. These work to:
For more information please review the resources listed below, enter the Unified Champion Schools Portal using big red button at the top of this page, or contact one of the staff members listed below. We hope you #ChooseToInclude and join Special Olympics Montana on this exciting inclusive journey.