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.
Unified Champion School: Highlight
All roads led to Columbus, Ohio for the 2018 NIRSA National Basketball Championships, held April 21-23. The Ohio State University was excited to host teams from across the nation, qualified student officials from different institutions, premier collegiate recreation professionals, and special guests. For the first time, Special Olympics Duke University, comprised of Special Olympics athletes from Durham County and Duke University students, were selected to compete in the Unified division of the Championships. Duke’s Unified Basketball team won their first three games and after a tough game, lost the in semifinals to Louisville Unified. Congratulations to Ariel Kantor, Duke Unified partner, for being named to the All-Tournament Team. “The guys played hard the whole weekend and we had a blast hanging out together and meeting new teams! What a great experience!” -Jordan Richardson, Duke University Special Olympics Club President.
Congratulations to Duke Unified Basketball and all those who participated in the Championships!
Unified Champion Schools: National Banner Recognition Program
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 UnifiedSchools@sonc.net.
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. 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
19 Unified Champion Schools
28 Certified Unified Track and Field Coaches
150 athletes and Unified Partners
12 Interscholastic Unified Track and Field Competitions
2018 Unified 4×100 Meter NCHSAA State Champions
Gray’s Creek High School
2018 Unified 100 Meter NCHSAA State Track and Field Top 7
Jason Carthon, Garner HS 11.93
Josiah Phillips, Sanderson HS 12.09
Andrew Esterly, Gray’s Creek HS 12.39
Jeremiah Bordeaux, Terry Sanford HS 12.60
Devonte Pierce, Gray’s Creek HS 13.08
Anthony Liszewksi, Gray’s Creek HS 13.25
Savion McKenzie, Douglas Byrd HS 13.30
If you have any additional questions or if you are ready to get started, reach out to your Youth Initiatives Director, or email email@example.com.