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The Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools program promotes social inclusion through carefully planned and implemented activities that drive systemic change. Built on a foundation of sports, the three-component model of Unified Champion Schools (UCS) offers a unique blend of effective activities that provide young people with the tools and training needed to foster acceptance in sports, classrooms, and school environments. These efforts create school climates where students with disabilities feel welcomed, included, and integral to all activities, opportunities, and functions.

High school students particiapting in Unified Chanpion School sports in Beaufort and Jasper counties

Unified Sports

A fully-inclusive co-ed high school program that fosters social inclusion by uniting an equal number of students with and without intellectual disabilities on teams for training and competition.


Inclusive Youth Leadership

Empowering students with intellectual disabilities to have a voice in their school; Developing leadership skills among all students; Conducting youth-led activities that promote acceptance, respect, and a sense of community throughout the school.

School students in a school assembly

Whole School Engagement

Unified Champion Schools must engage the entire school community to develop genuine climates of inclusion. Such inclusive environments promote understanding and respect, shaping student behavior both in school and the broader community.

What Sets a Unified Champion School Apart?

Become a
Unified Champion School

1.  Complete the registration form below with your school's details.
2. Submit the form to receive your confirmation email and next steps.

3.  Download and review the welcome packet provided in the confirmation email.

4.  Start implementing the UCS programs and resources in your school.
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