Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools® is a program for schools Pre-K through College that intentionally promotes meaningful social inclusion by bringing together students with and without intellectual disabilities to create accepting school environments, utilizing three interconnected components: Special Olympics Unified Sports®, Inclusive Youth Leadership, and Whole School Engagement.
2022 USA Games Youth Leadership Experience Application- One Unified Pair (one athlete, one Unified partner) will be selected to attend the 2022 USA Games in Orlando Flordia as a part of Team Wyoming. The pair will spend the week with other youth leaders from across the country participating in leadership training and activities. Students must be the same gender and at least 15 years old and less than 19 years old as of June 1, 2022. Send completed forms to Amanda Ward at email@example.com.
Cycle 7 Youth Innovation Grant- Innovation Grants are project-based grants of $500, $1000, $1500, or $2000 awarded to Youth Leaders with and without intellectual disabilities (ID) to promote inclusion in their school or community. Application is available here and due October 8, 2021.
Individuals who are eligible to apply include:
- Youth Leaders ages 14-25 (If applying as a Unified pair - one youth with ID and one youth without ID - both youth MUST be within the required age range at the time the application is submitted). Projects will expand on inclusion in a variety of areas. Examples of elements the projects should include:
- Create new or expand existing Unified Schools programs
- Engage new inclusive Youth Leaders
- Drive sustainability and quality in digital or in-person youth and school-based programming
- Host advocacy events on school campuses or within the community
Second Annual Special Olympics Saskatchewan Unified Sports Invitational- Join teams from around the world by competing virtually in bocce, baggo (cornhole), basketball, and soccer! Visit https://www.specialolympics.ca/saskatchewan/news/special-olympics-saskatchewan-unified-sports-invitational for more information, rules, and how to sign up. Let's show the world what Wyoming can do!
Unified Champion Schools Fall Inclusion Week- Fall Inclusion Week is a series of inclusive youth leadership activities consisting of different missions, challenges and themed activities from October 19-22, 2021. School teams will utilize the GooseChase app. Register here!
AT HOME WORKOUT KITS Available to students in participating Unified Champion Schools, kits aim to help keep everyone active and fit at school or at home. Kits include a backpack with detachable mesh ball carrier, basketball, yoga mat, set of 3 resistance bands, jump rope, workout die, and bonus surprise Special Olympics pin.
Unified Sports is a fully inclusive sports or fitness program that combines an approximately equal number of students with and without intellectual disabilities. Unified sports can be implemented using one of three styles: competitive; player development, teams compete in Special Olympics Wyoming area and state games; and recreation, which includes Unified PE, Young Athletes, and Unified fitness. Special Olympics Wyoming offers twelve Unified sports throughout the year.
Inclusive Youth Leadership
Inclusive Youth Leadership occurs when students with and without intellectual disabilities work together to lead and plan advocacy, awareness, and other inclusive activities throughout the school year. Inclusive Youth Leadership is available at the school level, state level, and international level. School Unified Clubs are a great way to engage Youth Leaders at any grade level.
Whole School Engagement
Whole School Engagement consists of awareness and education activities that promote inclusion and which reach the majority of the school population. Whole school activities also offer a platform to demonstrate the power of young people to positively impact their school community by promoting inclusion. The annual awareness campaign Spread The Word Inclusion is a great way to engage all students.