Unified Champion Schools

PLAY UNIFIED. LEARN UNIFIED.

Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools® is an opportunity for schools pre-K through university level to intentionally promote meaningful social inclusion. This is accomplished by bringing together students with and without intellectual disabilities to create accepting school environments, utilizing three interconnected components: Special Olympics Unified Sports®, inclusive youth leadership, and whole school engagement. There are currently over 7,600 Unified Champion Schools in 49 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and the commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The Special Olympics Kansas UCS program is in it’s 13th year and is active on nearly 50 campuses state-wide.

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Who can become a unified champion school?

Any school can become a Unified Champion School! If you’re ready to take the leap, we’ll work with you to make it happen. Complete the interest form at the button below and an SOKS staff member will reach out to you. If you would like to talk to an SOKS staff member about your school joining and potential grant funding available, please contact Taylor Obersteadt at obersteadtt@soks.org or 913-236-9290 ext. 117

Public Schools

Private Schools

Charter Schools

Pre-k Schools

Middle Schools

High Schools

College/Uni

Or any school!

IMPACT OF UNIFIED CHAMPION SCHOOLS

In Unified Champion Schools across the country, school environments of acceptance and tolerance are becoming the standard. Unified Champion School liaisons at every education level (elementary, middle, or high school) report that the UCS program:
Creates a more socially inclusive school climate and raises awareness about students with ID (95%).
Increases opportunities for students with and without ID to work together (94%).
Reduces bullying, teasing, and offensive language (94%).
Supports students who in turn have higher levels of grit, receive better grades, and are more empathetic and compassionate.
Increases social interaction which leads students to have more positive perceptions of their school’s inclusive climate.
Unifies students, helping them to learn how their emotions can affect others, how to be patient, and stand up for what they believe in.

COMPONENTS OF UNIFIED CHAMPION SCHOOLS

UNIFIED SPORTS

Special Olympics Unified Sports® is an inclusive program which combines individuals with intellectual disabilities (athletes) and individuals without intellectual disabilities (partners) on sports teams for training and competitions. Athletes and partners compete alongside one another, each in a meaningful and integral role.

INCLUSIVE YOUTH LEADERSHIP

Students with and without intellectual disabilities working together to lead and plan advocacy, awareness, and other Special Olympics and related inclusive activities throughout the school year.

WHOLE SCHOOL ENGAGEMENT

Awareness and education activities that promote inclusion and reach the majority of the school population.

REGISTER NOW FOR THE 2022-23 SCHOOL YEAR

Ready to get involved?  Register your school here.  We will work with you directly to help become a unified champion school!

PLANNED ACTIVITES FOR 2022.

Jump in!  We have events happening year round, and are always excited about new volunteers.  See our upcoming volunteer events, and how you can help.

CURRENT UNIFIED CHAMPION SCHOOLS

Blue | High Schools
GREEN | MIDDLE SCHOOLS
RED | ELEMENTARy
PURPLE | COLLEGE

For information on the primary UCS contact at a school, please contact us at unified@soks.org.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS KANSAS UCS BANNER SCHOOLS

AND OUR PARTNERS

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