Unified Schools

Our Vision

Special Olympics Unified Schools is an education and sports based strategy powered by an engaged youth community. The program aims to increase athletic and leadership opportunities for students with and without intellectual disabilities, while creating inclusive school communities. There are three components to Unified Schools: Inclusive Student Leadership, Unified Sports and Whole School Engagement.

Inclusive Student Leadership

Inclusive Student Leadership is an all-embracing leadership club for every student. They gather to create social opportunities and lead their schools in the advancement of inclusion.

Unified Sports

Unified sports combines students with and without intellectual disabilities on teams and encourages them to participate in inclusive sports training and competition.

Whole School Engagement

Whole School Engagement includes bullying prevention and inclusive promotion initiatives that reach entire school populations through engaging, inspiring, and optimistic events.


East Twin Cities Metro and Southern Minnesota

Laura Brunner | Unified Schools Associate
[email protected] | 763.270.7174

West Twin Cities Metro

Nick Cedergren | Schools & Leadership Manager
[email protected] | 763.270.7177

Colleges and Universities

Devin Kaasa | College Partnerships & Competition Manager
[email protected] | 763.270.7182

Northern Minnesota

Shannon Murray | Community Outreach Specialist (Bemidji)
[email protected] | 218.368.8002