Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools is an education and sports based strategy powered by an engaged youth community that increases athletic and leadership opportunities for students with and without intellectual disabilities, while creating communities of acceptance for all.
In Unified Sports, teams are made up of people of similar age and ability. That makes practices more fun and games more challenging and exciting for all. Having sport in common is just one more way that preconceptions and false ideas are swept away.
In Mississippi, we are excited to have an engaged and growing unified sports movement in our schools. Here are our current programs:
- Ocean Springs School District
- Oak Park, Pecan Park and Magnolia Park Elementary schools
- Ocean Springs Middle and High schools
- Hattiesburg School District
- Thames Elementary School
- N.R. Burger Middle School
- Hattiesburg High School
- Choctaw Tribal School District
- Choctaw Central Middle and High schools
SO College functions as an official club on campus and connects college students and individuals with intellectual disabilities through sport to build friendships and help lead the social justice movement of Special Olympics. Created by college students for college students, the network seeks the membership of campuses that seek the common goals of enhancing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities and building a more accepting world for all.
SO College programs are made up of three core elements: Inclusive Sports, Youth Leadership and opportunities for Full Campus Involvement. Together, these components can help students work for and with Special Olympics athletes to help transform school campuses into communities of acceptance and respect.
To participate in Unified Champion Schools or SO College, please contact Sara Shea at firstname.lastname@example.org or 601-856-7748.