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Overview:

Special Olympics Pennsylvania Interscholastic Unified Sports (IUS) is a fully-inclusive co-ed high school sports program which successfully facilitates social inclusion by bringing together a proportional number of students with and without intellectual disabilities on teams for training and competition.  Check out our Interscholastic Unified Sports page snapshot.

Unified Champion Schools:

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.

There are three components for a school to become a Unified Champion School:

  1. Unified Sports 
  2. Youth Leadership and Advocacy 
  3. Whole School Engagement

           List of Unified Schools

Is your school interested in the Unified Champion Schools program?

Click Here to fill out a school interest form.

 

Contact Us:

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Unified Champion School please contact:  Mike Bovino, Senior Advisor, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you are a current Unified Champion School and have questions, please contact: Kelsey Foster, School and Youth Leadership Coordinator, 610.630.9450, ext. 215 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



Impact of Interscholastic Unified Sports:

  • Fosters social inclusion as students and teammates with and without disabilities become friends.
  • Creates school climates that promote respect, acceptance, and diversity. Students are valued for their unique talents and skills.
  • Reduces bullying through empowerment, awareness, and engagement while also improving health and fitness, especially for students with disabilities facing higher risks.
  • Develops character, life skills, and enhanced self-esteem as youth become core leaders in their school communities using Unified Sports and Spread the Word to End the Word as the catalyst for impacting change in a school climate.
  • Administrators and teachers take the educated risk to support the vision and insight of youth to create inclusive environments in their schools through Unified Sports and youth leadership opportunities with a clear vision of impacting school environments.
  • The inspiration and passion that comes from experiencing Special Olympics sports motivates young people to seek a world of unity, and then provides students with and without disabilities with the skills and opportunities to create social change.
  • Policymakers and education leaders develop policies and support quality practices to encourage positive school climates with safe and nurturing learning environments for all students.

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