Unified Champion Schools Overview

Nearly 400 North Carolina students and educators came together on Halifax Mall in downtown Raleigh on Wednesday, March 7 for the 2018 Youth Rally. This fun-filled celebration of Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools included speakers, school-led entertainment, DJ dance party, and much more! We hope that you continue to share the message of inclusion throughout your school and community all year long. We are excited to announce that the Unified Club from Northwood High School in Chatham County will be next year’s host! We hope to see you there next year!

Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools

Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools (formerly known as Project UNIFY Schools) bring youth with and without intellectual disabilities together through sports and education to create school communities of acceptance and respect. Unified Champion Schools are seen through every level of education (Pre-K/Head Start through college) and are driven by youth and staff leaders. View the Unified Champion Schools Impact Statement.

Special Olympics North Carolina has over 260 official Unified Champion Schools across the state. Are you ready to join the movement?

2017-2018 Unified Champion School Commitment

To be an official Unified Champion School, a school must be committed to do the following:

  • Identify at least 1 student liaison and 1 staff liaison (educator, counselor, etc.) to lead the Unified Champion School efforts
  • Start an inclusive Unified Club (for students with and without intellectual disabilities) within the school
  • Offer a Unified Sport in at least 1 season during the school year
  • Identify an adult coach (for each sport offered) to complete the online Coaching Special Olympics Unified Sports Certification (contact your Youth Initiatives Director for the link and code)
  • Host at least 2 whole-school engagement activities per school year
  • Complete the mid-term and final report for SONC and the end of the year staff liaison survey

From December 2nd to 9th, an inclusive group of North Carolina youth and educators met with youth leaders and educators in China to strategize on project plans to implement to promote inclusion in their schools and communities. The delegation traveled to multiple Chinese cities and participated in leadership development sessions and inclusive activities. Read more about their journey.


2018 Spread the Word to End the Word Rally Resources

Check out these great resources for schools to plan and host a Spread the Word to End the Word Rally!

Need a step-by-step guide on how to plan a rally? Check out our R-Word Toolkit!

Enhance your Spread the Word to End the Word Rally by hosting a Chain of Unity fundraiser!

Other Resources:

Contact Us

Allison Stockburger (East)


Samantha Huffman (West)


Get Started

Learn more about how to make your school an official Unified Champion School! Download a Special Olympics NC Unified Champion Schools Toolkit!

Unified Sports – A Student’s Guide: An overview that explains how students can bring Unified Sports to their schools.

Interested in becoming a Unified Champion School for the 2017-2018 school year? Apply today! 2017-2018 Participation Form

Want to know who is participating this year? Find the full list of 2017-2018 Unified Champion Schools!