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 Reach Report.
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.
- Unified Champion Schools Toolkit: Learn how to make your school an official Unified Champion School!
- Inclusion tiles: Start your inclusion journey with the interactive activity
- Importance of School Climate: An explanation of the positive effects of Unified Champion Schools
- Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools High School Graduation Packet: How high school seniors can stay involved in Special Olympics after graduation
- Special Olympics Language Guidelines: How to speak and write about Special Olympics
National banner recognition tells the world that your high school, middle school, or elementary school is inclusive. Find out what it takes to receive the highest honor from Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools®.
Do you think your school meets the 10 standards of excellence? Apply today and receive national recognition!
Class of 2023 National Banner Unified Champion Schools
*Denotes a school with four-year renewal recognition
- Ashbrook High School
- David W. Butler High School*
- J.T. Hoggard High School, ESPN Honor Roll
- Oakdale Elementary School
- Quail Hollow Middle School
- R J Reynolds High School
Special Olympics North Carolina has nearly 600 official Unified Champion Schools across the state!
*blue indicates counties with Unified Champion Schools programming
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
Wake Forest High School recognized for commitment to inclusion
Sycamore Creek Elementary School recognized for commitment to inclusion
Deran Coe, District Athletic Director of Wake County Public School System, shares his moment.