Welcome to new and returning schools!

Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year! Special Olympics Texas is excited that your school has taken the steps to begin to or continue to offer quality Social Inclusion through Unified Champion Schools Programming. We’re so glad that your campus recognizes the positive impact of UCS initiatives on our school community, empowering our educators and our youth to create a school climate of social inclusion, acceptance, and respect for all students.

As you might know, the Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools program is aimed at promoting social inclusion through intentionally planned and implemented activities affecting school-wide change. With sports as the foundation, the three component model (Unified Sports, Inclusive Youth Leadership, and Whole School Engagement) 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.

Special Olympics Texas will be providing training opportunities for youth, coaches, and school staff through topic specific webinars, workshops, and Unified Youth Summits. Schools will receive consistent communication from Special Olympics Texas staff via our Unified Champion Schools news letters that will be sent out monthly, providing news, updates, and highlighting specific schools across the state who are achieving Recognized Unified Champion School status by excelling in all of our 3 components.

Schools will have an opportunity to apply to be a Recognized Unified Champion School and/or as a National Banner Unified Champion School, which is a school that has demonstrated commitment to inclusion by meeting 10 standards of excellence. Schools who achieve this standard will be recognized with a National Banner to be displayed on their school campus and their name across the nation! Please reach out to akeller@sotx.org to receive the 10 standards.

 The below form registers your school with Special Olympics Texas for the 2019-2020 school year. Please communicate with your administrators, coaches, student leaders, clubs, etc. on what sports/activities your school plans to offer throughout the year before completing this form. Please review the below form thoroughly before signing, as your school will be expected to achieve what they had committed to offer throughout the year.

We look forward to seeing how your school takes the Unified Champion Schools movement to the next level!

Alice Keller
Director of Inclusive Education