Unified Champion Schools Overview

Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools

Special Olympics Unified Champion 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.

Unified Champion Schools programming is designed to facilitate Special Olympics Unified Sports, provide classroom and community experiences that reduce bullying and exclusion, promote healthy activities, combat stereotypes and negative attitudes, eliminate hurtful language in schools, and engage young people in activities that lead to improved behavior and school climate.  

Special Olympics North Carolina has 350 official Unified Champion Schools across the state. Are you ready to join the movement? To complete the Unified Champion Schools application click here.

Unified Champion Schools provide a climate that is:

  • Free from bullying and exclusion
  • Combats stereotypes and negative attitudes
  • Eliminates hurtful language
  • Promotes healthy activity and interactions
  • Is welcoming and values the engagement of all students

Tuscola High School’s Epic Showdown

Tuscola High School in Haywood County hosted their 4th Annual Epic Showdown in June, which brought the whole school and community together as the Unified Flag Football Team challenges their faculty to a game.  This year, over 500 people came out as fans in the stands!  This game has it all: A cookout for everyone that attends, an official announcer, the pep band, JROTC Color Guard, and their Unified cheerleading team. 

Wake Forest High School named ESPN Elite

Wake Forest High School, a Special Olympics Unified Champion School, is receiving ESPN Elite Status as one of the top five schools in the country for its efforts to provide inclusive sports and activities for students with and without disabilities. View ESPN Kevin Negandhi’s announcement here.

Sycamore Creek Elementary School teacher named WRAL Teacher of the Week

Congratulations to Pamela Hoke for being recognized as the WRAL Teacher of the Week! Ms. Hoke works to make her school a more inclusive and accepting place for students with and without intellectual disabilities through the Unified Champion Schools program. View her spotlight.

Unified Champion School Resources

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.

Want to know who is participating this year? Find the full list of 2018-2019 Unified Champion Schools!

Calling all high school graduating seniors! Check out Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools High School Graduation Packet and see how you can stay involved in Special Olympics after you leave high school!

Keep up to date with Special Olympics Language Guidelines!

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Samantha Huffman (West)