What is a Unified Champion School?
The Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools program is aimed at promoting social inclusion through intentionally planned and implemented activities affecting systems-wide change. With sports as the foundation, the three-component model offers a unique combination of effective activities that equip young people with tools and training to create sports, classroom, and school climates of acceptance. These are school climates where students with disabilities feel welcome and are routinely included in and feel a part of, all activities, opportunities, and functions.
This is accomplished by implementing inclusive sports, inclusive youth leadership opportunities, and whole-school engagement.
Don't freeze there. The Cool School Challenge is a collaborative fundraising opportunity, meaning that when you participate in the Cool School Challenge you support your school AND community! Check out this toolkit to get your school started!
- Booz Allen Hamilton
- The Emily S. & Coleman A. Hunter Trust
Rite Aid Foundation
- Virginia Farm Bureau
- Altria Companies Employee Community Fund
- S. and M. Golden Helping Hands Foundation
- US Department of Education
- The Robins Foundation
- The Community Foundation serving Western Virginia
- The John Randolph Foundation
- The Northern Piedmont Community Foundation
- Macy's Gives