Unified Champion Schools Resources

Unified Champion Schools offers a collection of resources for students, teachers and administrators to foster acceptance, respect and youth leadership within their school communities. 

Want to learn more about becoming a Unified Champion School? Check out our Unified Champion Schools overview page.


  1. Review the Unified Champion Schools informational toolkit with your principal and a teacher adviser. 
  2. Select the initiatives you wish to carry out, or may already do, during the upcoming school year. 
  3. Need help?  Contact Allie Stockburger or Samantha Huffman for assistance. 
  4. Submit the 2018-19 Unified Champion Schools School Participation Form 
  5. Get started building a school and community of inclusion! 
  1. Review the Unified Champion Schools informational toolkit 
  2. Submit the 2018-19 Unified Champion Schools School Participation Form 
  3. The Youth Innovations Director for your school or district will contact you upon receipt 
  4. Get started building schools of inclusion!! 

Still not sure?  Check out Outreach for Superintendents and the benefits of Unified Champion Schools in your school or district.


A Special Olympics Unified Champion School has an inclusive school climate and exudes a sense of collaboration, engagement and respect for all members of the student body and staff. A Unified Champion School receiving national banner recognition is one that has demonstrated commitment to inclusion by meeting 10 national standards of excellence. These standards were developed by a national panel of leaders from Special Olympics and the education community.

The primary activities within these standards include: Special Olympics Unified Sports, Inclusive Youth Leadership and Whole-School Engagement. Banner Unified Champion Schools should also be able to demonstrate they are self-sustainable or have a plan in place to sustain these activities into the future. For more information check out the additional resources to the right. Questions about the 10 standards or application process email