Unified Champion Schools Updates

Unified Champion Schools Update Page

Welcome to the SONC Unified Champion Schools updates page! The purpose of this page is to keep our Unified Champion Schools well informed on upcoming events, requirements and resources throughout the year. This page will be sent out to all of our Unified Champion Schools once a month, but it is always live and can be found on our website.

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

Spread the Word to End the Word – March 7th

Students at the 2017 UCS Rally

March 7th 2018 Unified Champion Schools from across North Carolina will come together in Downtown Raleigh for the Spread the Word to End the Word International Awareness Day.  Watch the video recapping the 2017 SONC Unified Champion Schools Rally here.

Are You Too Cool for School? PROVE IT!

The 2018 plunge season is in full swing at Special Olympics NC! Think your school has what it takes to become a “Cool School”? A Cool School is a group of 20 or more students, faculty and staff brave enough to take the dip in freezing cold water to support Special Olympics North Carolina. Each plunger must raise a minimum of $50 to plunge. Schools can choose to do a school-wide fundraiser to help each plunger with this goal. Schools that reach “Cool” status will receive banner recognition for their school! Challenge other schools in your community to chill with us too! The school that raises the most money overall will be named the Top Cool School, receiving the traveling trophy and ultimate bragging rights. Check out the 2018 Cool Schools Flyer for more details!

Unified Champion School: Highlight

The Poe Center for Health Education has launched a program with Special Olympics to host weekly nutrition and physical activity programs for Special Olympic athletes and unified partners at East Garner Magnet Middle School this fall. Health Educators will teach students helpful insights and tips to reach their personal fitness and athletic goals. Students will celebrate the program with a fun kick off event and end-of-year celebration at the Poe Center. This program is made possible thanks to a grant courtesy of the Carolina Hurricanes. The Poe Center is North Carolina’s leading health education center having served over one million NC citizens since 1991.

Coaching Unified Sports Course


So much effort has been put into Unified Sports over the past couple of years, and we want to thank each of you for your continued support and dedication! As a thank you, we are offering an awesome incentive for anyone who completes the free online Coaching Unified Sports Certification by April 15th. This free one-hour course will help you understand and implement Unified Sports in your school.  The updated course, which is hosted by Kevin Negandhi of ESPN’s SportsCenter, is offered at no cost for coaches and educators wishing to implement Special Olympics Unified Sports in their schools. Once you have completed the course, send a copy of your certificate to your Youth Initiatives Director along with your shirt size, and you will be sent a Unified Sports Coach jacket in return!

Unified Track and Field

Special Olympics Unified Track & Field in North Carolina is growing! A warm welcome back to Guilford and Wake County High Schools participating again this year. For the 2017-2018 season we are thrilled to welcome all 10 public high schools in Cumberland County to the program! For more information on Unified Track and the steps to get started, check out the interest video below! If you have any additional questions or if you are ready to get started, reach out to your Youth Initiatives Director, or email

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!

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!

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