Our goal is to make Minnesota’s schools more inclusive.

Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools is a movement aimed at empowering a generation of student leaders to change their school culture to be more inclusive. With sports as the foundation, the three-component model offers activities that equip students with tools and training to create teams, classrooms and entire schools of acceptance. Unified Champion Schools are schools where students with disabilities feel welcome and are meaningfully included in all school activities, opportunities and functions.

This is accomplished by implementing three components of Unified Champion Schools: Inclusive Student LeadershipUnified Sports, and Whole School Engagement. All three areas are crucial to shift the culture of a school towards inclusion. Once the three components are active, a school is considered a Unified Champion School.

In the news

Denfeld hosts first ‘Springing Into Activity’ field day for inclusive physical education
May 9, 2024 – A special field day was held in Duluth last Thursday to make sure everyone knows they’re on the same team.

Unified Basketball Tournament tips off at Target Center
February 15, 2024 – Unified sports bring all athletes, both with and without disabilities, to team up and compete while spreading a message of acceptance and inclusion.

Athletes of all abilities compete at Target Center for Unified State Basketball Tournament
February 15, 2024 – Athletes of all abilities filled Target Center on Thursday. Fans cheered on their schools at Special Olympics Minnesota’s Unified State Basketball Tournament.


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