We know this year may look different but below are some ideas of how to become a Unified Champion School in a virtual environment. As a Unified Champion School, your school promotes inclusion and acceptance by participating in the three components of the Unified Champion Schools Program: Unified Sports, Inclusive Youth Leadership, and Whole School Engagement. Read more below on how to be recognized as a Special Olympics Northern California Unified Champion School.


A Unified Champion School promotes inclusion and acceptance by participating in three components of Unified Champion Schools.

Unified Sports

Joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. It was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding. In a virtual environment, a Unified Partner can be anyone from your siblings to your parent or guardian.

Inclusive Youth Leadership

Young people with and without disabilities are given opportunities to be leaders in their schools and communities.

Whole School Engagement

Youth-centered, school-focused initiative that activates all students to promote a campus culture of acceptance and social inclusion.

Three UCS components

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A University Massachusetts study indicates the Unified Champion Schools program has measurable positive outcomes for entire campus.


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