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The goal of Unified Champion Schools is to activate young people around the country in an effort to develop incusive school communities, empowering students to be agents of change - fostering respect, dignity and advocacy for people with intellectual disabilities by utilizing the programs and initiatives of Special Olympics.


Unified Sports

Respect Campaign


Athletes with and without
intellectual disabilities 
train and compete on the
same teams.

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Learn about the derogatory
effects of the R-word and
join our RESPECT

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What is UNIFIED?
UNIFIED is acceptance.

UNIFIED is unity.

UNIFIED is youth driven.   

UNIFIED is friendship.

UNIFIED is fun.


Unified Champion Schools is a U.S. national project, funded by the U.S. Department of Education. It is much more than a re-naming of existing school-based programs; rather, it is an innovative response to the unequivocal research that shows Special Olympics local programming can contribute to eradicating the social and environmental walls to inclusion.


Special Olympics believes that through sports young people can make a difference in friendships, schools and communities. Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools® incorporates Special Olympics sports and related activities; however, Unified Champion Schools is committed to a movement advocating for youth as change agents now and in the future.


Unified Champion Schools initiatives include a host of core activities, like the Respect Campaign, Unified Sports®, Youth Leadership Summits, Unified Clubs, Inclusive Student Councils, Young Athletes® and more. There are currently 5,452 schools particpating in 48 U.S. State Programs.