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The goal of Unified Champion Schools is to activate young people around the country in an effort to develop incusive school communities, empowering students to be agents of change - fostering respect, dignity and advocacy for people with intellectual disabilities by utilizing the programs and initiatives of Special Olympics.


Unified Sports

Respect Campaign


Athletes with and without
intellectual disabilities 
train and compete on the
same teams.

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Learn about the derogatory
effects of the R-word and
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Young people today face many challenges, from acheiving personal academic success to feeling emotionally and physically healthy and safe.  Unfortunately, the typical school and social environment for young people can be fraught with obstacles that hamper their learning and that negatively impact thier overall happiness and development.  These challenges are compounded for some students due to the presence of an intellectual disability.  While progress has been made, many students with disabilities experience social isolation and rejection, and even victimization in the form of bullying.  And, in many cultures, young people with disabilities are educated seperately from peers without disabilities, or do not attend school at all.  



With sports as the foundation, 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 disabilites.



At its core, this Unified strategy is about unifying all students - with and without diabilities - using sports as a catalyst for social inclusion and attitude and behavioral change.



Unified Champion Schools initiatives include a host of core activities, like the Respect Campaign, Unified Sports®, Youth Leadership Summits, Unified Clubs, Inclusive Student Councils, Young Athletes® and more. There are currently 5,452 schools particpating in 48 U.S. State Programs.