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