What is a Unified Champion Schools Program

Special Olympics Delaware offers schools at all levels multiple opportunities to be engaged in its traditional and Unified sports programs as well as other non-sports inclusive activities.

Using participation in Sports as a foundation, School-Wide Initiatives provide optimal opportunities for creating positive school climates and ensuring that all students, particularly those with intellectual disabilities, become part of the social fabric of the school.

Special Olympics staff members guide schools through the process of starting, developing and maintaining its Unified School Program. We have found that the key ingredient for success is a faculty/staff member(s) motivated to make it happen. 

Ways for your school to become a Unified School Program include:

Sports: Traditional and Unified sports opportunities are offered in all levels of schools, including intramural college programs. Unified Track and Field and Flag Football are offered under the umbrella of the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association.

Youth Leadership at your school: Youth Leadership opportunities provide students with and without disabilities the chance to take on leadership roles in organizing Unified activities that involve the entire school to promote whole-school engagement.

Whole-school engagementActivities might include: statewide Youth Summit, Spread the Word to End the Word, Cool Schools Polar Bear Plunge Challenge, a Unified Recreation Day, a Pep Rally for your Special Olympics team, or any other activities (assemblies, fundraisers, etc.) that promote school-wide inclusion. 

Jon Buzby: jbuzby@udel.edu, 302-831-3484 (sports team development)

Kylie Frazer: kfrazer@udel.edu, 302-831-8582 (leadership, whole-school engagement, interscholastics sports)