Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools® bring together students with and without intellectual disabilities through education, sports and youth leadership to provide them with the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to create and sustain school communities that promote acceptance and respect.
Unified Sports®: Allows students with and without intellectual disabilities the opportunity to participate in sporting activities alongside one another
Inclusive Youth Leadership: Allows students with and without intellectual disabilities an opportunity to take on leadership roles which promote Unified activities in the school and community, while delivering the message behind these initiatives, which advocates for respectful and equitable treatment of all people
Whole-School Engagement: Allows opportunities for all students to participate in Unified School programming through sustained school-wide activities, which can include sports, education, leadership and advocacy initiatives
National School Recognition Program
A Unified Champion School® receiving national banner recognition is one that has demonstrated commitment to inclusion by meeting 10 national standards of excellence. Special Olympics Iowa is proud to have 10 schools in the state that achieved this national honor.
- Central DeWitt Intermediate School
- Central DeWitt Middle School
- Davenport West High School
- Goodrell Middle School
- Harlan Community Elementary School
- Spencer High School
- Ankeny Centennial High School
- Central DeWitt High School
- University of Iowa
- Theodore Roosevelt High School
What it Takes
To achieve National Banner Recognition Status, you must incorporate and sustain 10 standards, which include: Special Olympics Unified Sports® (where students with and without disabilities train and compete as teammates), Inclusive Youth Leadership and Whole School Engagement.
Interested in Becoming a Unified Champion School?
Resources for Unified Champion Schools:
- Unified Champion Schools Toolkit
- Elementary Unified Champion Schools®
- Middle and High School Unified Champion Schools®
- Learn more about #InclusionWeek
For more information about becoming a Unified Champion School®, contact:
Krista Smith, Director of Unified Programs