Unified Champion Schools®
Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools® is an opportunity for schools pre-K through university level to intentionally promote meaningful social inclusion. This is accomplished by bringing together students with and without intellectual disabilities to create accepting school environments, utilizing three interconnected components: Special Olympics Unified Sports®, inclusive youth leadership, and whole school engagement. There are currently over 7,600 schools in 49 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and the commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
The Special Olympics Texas UCS program is in its 13th year and is active on nearly 300 campuses.
Be a part of the #InclusionRevolution!
Unified Champion Schools is sanctioned by UIL.
Unified Champion Schools and UIL have a Track and Field Ruleset Found Here.
Pre-K-12th grade campuses: purple
Elementary Schools (early ed-5th grade): green
Middle/Intermediate Schools (6-8th grade): yellow
High Schools (9-12th grade): blue
Universities (Division I, II, III) - Orange
Any school can become a Unified Champion School! Public, private, charter, pre-k, elementary, middle school, high school, college or university, schools with or without special education programs—whatever the setting, if you’re ready to take the leap, we’ll work with you to make it happen.
Why become a Unified Champion School?
Unified Champion Schools aim to create a culture of understanding, empathy, and authentic inclusion in schools that change how students interact with one another daily.
Unified Champion Schools aim to be an ally in targeting intolerance, hate speech, and bullying.
Data shows that youth who were involved in a Unified Champion School held more positive attitudes toward peers with and without intellectual disabilities.
Build a better world
Unified Champion Schools is the tipping point for school culture and climate as all young people collaborate with school and classroom leaders to create a more open-minded and accepting community.
Students with disabilities reported higher self-confidence and self-esteem after the Unified movement was introduced to their school.
Build a better life!
84% of students participating in the Unified Champion Schools movement said it was a positive turning point in their lives.
Have your student leaders complete the monthly reports to share the amazing things happening on your campus HERE!
INCLUSIVE YOUTH LEADERSHIP
Inclusive Youth Leadership is an all-embracing leadership club for every student. They gather to create social opportunities and lead their schools in the advancement of inclusion.
UNIFIED SPORTS & ACTIVITIES
Unified Sports combines students with and without intellectual disabilities on teams and encourages them to participate in inclusive sports training and competition
WHOLE SCHOOL ENGAGEMENT
Whole School Engagement includes bullying prevention and inclusive promotion initiatives that reach entire school populations through engaging, inspiring, and optimistic events.
Are you ready to join the Inclusion Revolution and bring the Unified Movement to your school?
A Resource Drive is available.
*NOTE: this drive is only to be accessed by current SOTX UCS Campuses (20-21 school year) with signed Partnership to Inclusion forms on file. Have questions or need to fill out a Partnership to Inclusion form? Email UCSinfo@sotx.org!