Unified Champion Schools
DATE: TBD (Fall 2020)
An opportunity for an inclusive group of young leaders to gain a better understanding of their own personal leadership journey within the Special Olympics movement and learn new skills to bring back to their peers with the goal of building a more inclusive community.
This event is for Unified Pairs (students with and without intellectual disabilities) currently enrolled in high school and their adult mentors (School Staff or Volunteer).
The Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools program is aimed at promoting social inclusion through intentionally planned and implemented activities affecting systems-wide change. With sports as the foundation, the three component model offers a unique combination of effective activities that equip young people with tools and training to create sports, classroom and school climates of acceptance. These are school climates where students with disabilities feel welcome and are routinely included in, and feel a part of, all activities, opportunities and functions.
This is accomplished by implementing inclusive sports, inclusive youth leadership opportunities, and whole school engagement. The program is designed to be woven into the fabric of the school, enhancing current efforts and providing rich opportunities that lead to meaningful change in creating a socially inclusive school that supports and engages all learners. What a Unified Champion School “looks like” can vary greatly from school to school, based on the needs, goals, schedules and other factors unique to each school; but the basic building blocks remain the same.