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Unified Champion Schools® is a unique Special Olympics program that is changing the lives of students throughout the U.S. Since 2008 the U.S. Department of Education through Special Olympics, Inc. has awarded funds to Special Olympics programs to implement UCS in schools, promoting acceptance and inclusion among students with and without intellectual disabilities. Set in a fun, interactive, Unified environment, participants engage in advocacy, friendship, fitness, and sports opportunities – together. The Texas UCS program is in its tenth year and is active on more than 100 campuses.

Unified Champion Schools Activities

Unified Champion Schools emphasizes three core components: Inclusive Youth Leadership & Activation, Unified Sports, and Whole School Involvement. Students participate in a wide variety of activities, from conducting Spread the Word to End the Word awareness campaigns to hosting Unified competitions in a variety of sports. UCS is a student-driven program; each campus forms a Unified Youth Leadership Team whose members consider activity options and recruit new and existing participants to join in planning and hosting different events. Authentic social inclusion is always the goal, so students of varying abilities participate in every opportunity as peers and equals, forming true friendships and utilizing the unique talents and abilities of each person.

Getting Started

View our webinar to learn more about Unified Champion Schools 3 component model and learn how to get started!

Register now for the 2017-2018 school year! Please contact the Director of Youth Initiatives or your Area Director for more information.

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Current UCS Committed Schools

SOTX Area District School
1 Mission CISD Mission HS
1 Mission CISD Veterans Memorial HS
1 Progreso ISD Progreso HS
1 Sharyland ISD B.L. Gray Jr High
2 Calallen ISD Calallen HS
4 Aldine ISD Stehlik Intermediate
4 Houston ISD Cunningham Elem
4 Houston ISD De Zavala Elem
4 Humble ISD Timberwood MS
4 Pasadena ISD De Zavala MS
4 Pasadena ISD Sam Rayburn High
4 Spring ISD Dueitt MS
4 Spring ISD Spring HS
4 Spring ISD Twin Creeks MS
4 Spring ISD Wells MS
5 Bridge City ISD Bridge City Intermed
5 LCM Consolidated ISD Little Cypress-Mauriceville HS
5 Lumberton ISD Lumberton MS
5 Newton ISD Newton HS
6 Conroe ISD The Woodlands HS
9 Burkburnett ISD Burkburnett HS
9 Wichita Falls ISD Barwise MS
9 Wichita Falls ISD Rider HS
9 Wichita Falls ISD Wichita Falls HS
10 Allen ISD Allen HS
10 Grand Prairie ISD South Grand Prairie HS
10 Prosper ISD Prosper HS
11 Burleson ISD Burleson HS
11 Burleson ISD Centennial HS
11 Burleson ISD Pauline Hughes MS
11 Fort Worth ISD Riverside MS
12 Blooming Grove ISD Blooming Grove HS
12 Midway ISD Midway HS
12 Midway ISD Midway MS
12 Waco ISD Waco HS
14 Abilene ISD Abilene HS
14 Abilene ISD Brady HS
14 Abilene ISD Clack MS
14 Abilene ISD Cooper High School
14 Abilene ISD Mann MS
16 Amarillo ISD Bivins Elem
16 Amarillo ISD Horace Mann MS
16 Amarillo ISD Lee Elem
16 Amarillo ISD Ridgecrest Elem
16 Amarillo ISD Western Plateau Elem
17 Frenship IDS Frenship HS
17 Lubbock ISD Mackenzie Middle School
19 San Elizario ISD San Elizario HS
19 Ysleta ISD JW Hanks HS
20 Alamo Heights ISD Alamo Heights HS
20 ECISD East Central HS
20 IDEA IDEA Walzum College Prep
20 NISD Hatchett Elem
20 Northside ISD Carlos Coon Elem
20 Northside ISD Pat M. Neff MS
20 SCUCISD Samuel Clemens HS
20 SCUCISD Watts Elem
20 SCUCISD Wilder Intermediate
20 Shertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD Ray D. Corbett Jr. High
21 United ISD A. Gutierrez Elem
21 United ISD Alicia Ruiz Elem
21 United ISD Antonio Gonzalez MS
21 United ISD Bonnie L. Garcia Elem
21 United ISD Borchers Elem
21 United ISD Centeno Elem
21 United ISD Clark Elem
21 United ISD Clark MS
21 United ISD Colonel Santos Benavides Elem
21 United ISD Dr. ME Malakoff Elem
21 United ISD Dr. S Perez Elem
21 United ISD Fasken Elem
21 United ISD FD Roosevelt Elem
21 United ISD George Washington MS
21 United ISD J.B. Alexander HS
21 United ISD Juarez Lincoln Elem
21 United ISD Kennedy-Zapata Elem
21 United ISD Killam Elem
21 United ISD Lamar Bruni Vergara MS
21 United ISD Los Obispos MS
21 United ISD Lyndon B. Johnson HS
21 United ISD Muller Elem
21 United ISD Nye Elem
21 United ISD O. Salinas Elem
21 United ISD Prada Elementary
21 United ISD Trautmann 6th Gr
21 United ISD Trautmann Elem
21 United ISD Trautmann MS
21 United ISD United 9th Grade
21 United ISD United HS
21 United ISD United MS
21 United ISD United South 9th grade
21 United ISD United South HS
21 United ISD United South MS
21 United ISD Veterans Memorial Elem
21 United ISD Zaffirini Elem
22 La Porte ISD Lomax Jr High