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Special Olympics Michigan Unified Champion Schools is an education and sports-based strategy powered by an engaged student community that breaks down the barriers that separate students with and without intellectual disabilities. The Unified movement activates youth, engages educators, and promotes school communities of acceptance and inclusion where all young people are agents of change. It aims to increase athletic and leadership opportunities for students with and without intellectual disabilities.

The three components of Unified Champion Schools are Inclusive Student LeadershipUnified Sports, and Whole School Engagement. All three areas are crucial to shift the culture of a school towards inclusion.

A Catalyst for Change 

Inclusive Student Leadership

Inclusive student leadership is an all-embracing leadership club for every student leading their school in the advancement of inclusion.

Unified Sports

Unified Sports bring together students with and without intellectual disabilities as teammates training and competing together in inclusive sports.

Whole School Engagement

Whole School Engagement promote inclusion and bullying prevention to an entire school population through engaging, creative and interactive events.


We understand how important it is for Special Olympics Michigan to collaborate with educators to identify what role Unified Champion Schools can play in meeting state, district and individual school's strategic goals; whether it is promoting school climate, developing physical fitness, building character, preventing bullying; enhancing student engagement, or any other important school reform. 

A Unified Champion School has an understanding that this is not just an incident or event that happens for one day, or a single experience, but rather year-long in all seasonal activities. In a Unified Champion School there is an expectation that acceptance and inclusion are everyday occurrences that change entire schools and impact the whole student body.

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Youth Activation Committee members

Youth Activation Committee

The 2020-2021 State Youth Activation Committee (YAC) will be working on spreading acceptance and inclusion virtually in their regions, planning the Unified Day rally, and taking part in various leadership and speaking engagements throughout the year. Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2020-2021 school year.

Unified Champion Schools Partner Organizations


As schools around Michigan and the nation strive for a culture of inclusion and acceptance within hallways, the MHSAA and Special Olympics Michigan continue to grow their partnership by building inclusive school communities through sports. To learn more about the MHSAA, click here.

UCS in the News

Howell High School Named to ESPN Honor Roll for Inclusive Efforts

Howell High School has been named to the 2020 ESPN Honor Roll for its efforts in promoting an inclusive school culture for students with intellectual disabilities. Howell is the only Michigan school, and one of only 36 schools nationwide, to make the list.

Five Michigan Schools Receive National Recognition from Special Olympics

Five Michigan schools have garnered national recognition from Special Olympics International for demonstrating a commitment to inclusion.

2020 Poly Hockey & Unified Bowling Finals Cancelled

As Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI) and its local programs across the state continue to navigate a gradual return to activities, the organization has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 State Poly Hockey and Unified Bowling Finals.

Special Olympics UCS Resources

Inclusion Revolution

Unified Champion Schools - What you need to know to get involved.

UCS Playbook Resources for Educators, Students and SO Programs

Unified Champion Schools Contacts