Unified Champion Schools

Unified Champion Schools promote social inclusion by bringing together young people with and without intellectual disabilities on sports teams (Special Olympics Unified Sports) through inclusive student clubs, together in school or community-wide initiatives, and by fostering youth leadership. At its core, this Unified strategy is about unifying all students— with and without disabilities—using sports as a catalyst for social inclusion and attitude and behavioral change.

Special Olympics Unified Sports®

Unified Sports is an inclusive program that combines individuals with intellectual disabilities (athletes) and individuals without intellectual disabilities (Unified Partners) on sports teams for training and competition. Athletes and partners compete alongside one another, each in a meaningful and integral role on the Unified Sports team. SOMO offers 21 Olympic-type sports divsioned by age and ability for its athletes and each and every sport has the capability of being structured for Unified Sports if someone is interested.

Whole-School Engagement 

Check out our blog for examples of how your whole school can become engaged in bringing students together. 

Inclusive Youth Leadership

The magic of Unified Champion Schools is manifested in the inclusive friendships formed as youth with and without intellectual disabilities work together as leaders to create communities of caring and respect. Youth become core leaders in their school communities using our School of Character program and Spread the Word to End the Word® as the catalyst for fostering positive school climates. Want to find out more about being a youth leader for the cause? Contact Trish about being part of one of our Youth Summits or starting a program at your school. 

Missouri Association of Student Councils 

Much of the success of our Unified Champion Schools program is due to our fantastic partnership with Missouri Association of Student Councils (MASC). Special Olympics has been the charity of choice for the Missouri Association of Student Councils and its members for over 20 years. Learn more about our partnership


Are you ready to join our movement? Contact Trish Lutz for more information.