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*note: Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools is formerly known as Project UNIFY. New name, same great program!

 

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Overview

The Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools program is a national, education-based program conducted in schools, which uses the sports and education programs of Special Olympics to activate young people to promote respect, dignity, and advocacy for people with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics Hawaii believes that through sports, young people can make a difference in friendships, schools, and communities.


The Unified Schools program is implemented through inclusive activities that support the program’s three main components. Each component focuses on promoting friendships and respect between students with and without intellectual disabilities.


Unified Sports


Inclusive Youth Leadership and Advocacy


Whole School Engagement

 


Why

The magic of the Unified Schools program is manifested in the inclusive friendships formed, seeing paired youth in action as leaders, and creating communities of caring and respect.

The program sees results.

  • 79% of Unified teammates without disabilities reported increased understanding of people with intellectual disabilities.
  • 81% of students say that the Unified Strategy is changing their school for the better.

 

Unified Schools Resources

 

Waialua Bulldogs promote unity

For information about getting involved in Unified Schools or how Special Olympics Hawaii can support your school, contact:


Mollie Bruhl

Unified Schools Manager

Special Olympics Hawaii

808-695-3529

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