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Our Goal: Schools that Welcome All People

Unified Champion Schools is collaboration with school communities for engaging young people with and without intellectual disabilities as leaders promoting acceptance inclusion and respect in thier schools utilizing the sports and education initiatives of Special Olympics Oregon.

Students should be encouraged and supported to be agents of change, have opportunities to be leaders, and participate in collaborative school activities.  To acheive this, school leaders and educators must foster acceptance, respect and human dignity for all students.



UNIFIED CHAMPION SCHOOLS is for students, teachers and educators who believe that:


  • There should be more opportunities for young people of all ages and ability levels to make friends and work together for change.
  • Students with intellectual disabilities should become part of the core fabric of the education community and be perceived as assets in their school and community.
  • Students without intellectual disabilities can and should increase their knowledge, skills and comfort in forming positive social relationships with students with intellectual disabilities and come together to address societal issues.
  • Policymakers and education leaders should develop policies and support quality practices that encourage positive school climates with safe and nurturing learning environments for all students.



Unified Champion Schools initiatives include a host of core activities, both on the national and the grass-roots level. Local projects that meet Unified Champion Schools objectives are supported through grants for local Special Oympics Oregon Programs.