Unified Champion Schools

If you have any questions regarding the application process please contact kathy.lutz@specialolympicsma.org
Pathway to National Banner Status
Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools® builds on Special Olympics’ values, principles, practices, experiences and impacts to shape a generation that welcomes everyone. Once a school has become a Unified Champion School they are eligible to apply for National Banner Recognition
A Unified Champion School receiving national banner recognition is one that has demonstrated commitment to inclusion by meeting 10 national standards of excellence. These standards were developed by a national panel of leaders from Special Olympics and the education community.
2021 Timeline for application;

APRIL 1, 9AM - Applications Open
JUNE 1, 9AM - Applications Close
JUNE - Special Olympics Programs Application Review
JULY - National Certifying Body Application Review 
AUGUST/SEPTEMBER - School Notification
SPRING 2022 - Applications Re-Open
Unified Sports
Unified Basketball
Unified Basketball is underway! At long last, practices and games have begun. We've captured a few games that were live streamed (Melrose v. Lynn Tech., & Franklin v. Milford) and another team doing a training only season (Martha's Vineyard). Thank you all for making this season happen in a manner that makes sense for each school. Those of you that had to wait out the season, we promise better days ahead.

if you have any questions.
Unified Track and Field
We are continuing to work on the plans for Unified Track and Field season. Unified Track and Field modifications have made it through all the committees at the MIAA.

A survey from the MIAA will be going out to all schools that partake in Unified Track and Field to confirm participation in the season along with the application for the season due April 2nd.
The start of the season is April 26th.

If you have questions regarding the season please contact kathy.lutz@specialolympicsma.org
Unified Strength and Conditioning finished Strong!

We had 8 contending teams this year!
Congratulations to all the students that worked hard and made a commitment to fitness.

Bronze - Milford HS
Silver - Newton South HS
Gold - Carver HS

We look forward to expanding Unified Strength and Conditioning next year.
with any questions.
MASC Unified Bocce a success!
Successful season culminates in closing Ceremony. 14 schools participated from home or in person with 250 participants playing round after round of great games.

Thanks MASC schools for giving this new method of participation a try! We may take some of these new ideas and use them next year. Bocce on!
Whole School Engagement
Spread the Word > Inclusion Campaign 3/22-4/16
We are revving up to have some fun. Our YAC members have created an Inclusion Campaign for the next 4 weeks and we invite you to join in. Please consider promoting some or all of these fun activities in your school to spread awareness, advocacy, and an appreciation of others.
Send this to your Unified Club to lead the charge!
Have some fun
  • Week 1 - Kick off with Socks up for Downs - or pick another day to celebrate!!! Sign the banner
  • Week 2 - Wear blue for Autism awareness, 4/22.
  • Week 3 - Create a playlist or Dance off.
  • Week 4 - Spirit week or day of your choosing.
  • Post your pledge to the digital poster!

Please conact
if you would like more information.
We're all about friendly competition at the Polar Plunge, but that comes as no surprise if you've plunged with us in the past!
Do you need a fun activity for your school to rally around? Or, are you defending your school title? The Team Leaderboard will put you in divisions based on your team size and funds raised. Check School Rankings here!

You might have the most plungers or you might be in the running to raise the most funds.
The plunge season will be ending at the end of March and we can't wait to see who will come out on top.
Your efforts will be supporting the 14,000 athletes in Massachusetts along with more than 500 school programs. You are helping to get athletes back on the courts and on the playing field and we can't thank you enough for your support!
We have lots of creative ways you can 'plunge'.

If you have questions, please e-mail polarplunge@specialolympicsma.org
Programming at every Level
Did you know that we have programming Pre K and beyond
High School?
We are excited to inform that we have resources and curriculum to share with you. Next month, we'll spot light a school that is successfully implementing the Unified Champion School program at their school that is at the younger grade level.
If you would like to learn more about our programming please reach out to
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