Unified Champion Schools
A Special Olympics Unified Champion School has an inclusive school climate and exudes a sense of collaboration, engagement and respect for all members of the student body and staff. 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. Wait, I'm a Unified Champion School now and I could be a National Banner school? Yes, that's right. Each school that starts the program is a Unified Champion school working in the areas of Whole School Engagement, Inclusive Youth Leadership, and Unified Sports.
A national banner school is one that is achieving higher levels of Unified programming in these areas.
Please review these standards for each level

Who can apply? Schools that have been a UCS and have not yet been awarded National Banner Status, and schools that were recognized in the National Banner class of 2018.

The application timeline
  • Now open - National Banner Application
  • May 1, 9am- Applications Close
  • May - Initial application review
  • June - National Certifying Body reviews applications.
  • August- National Banner Schools announced
Please connect before working on your application we have some tips for you! contact kathy.lutz@specialolympicsma.
High School
Unified Sports
Unified Track & Field
Welcome to our new teams participating in Unified Track this season for the first time!

  • Barnstable High School
  • Cambridge Rindge and Latin
  • Marblehead High School
  • Medford High School
  • Mt. Greylock Regional HS
  • New Bedford High School
  • Quabbin Regional HS
  • Revere High School
  • Salem High School
  • Silver Lake Regional High School
  • Swampscott High School
March 21 – Practices begin.
April 4 – Meets begin, 4 meet season with 2 home and 2 away.
May – Sectionals 5/9-5/19
May - States 5/25

If you have questions regarding the season please contact kathy.lutz@specialolympicsma.org
2 Bocce Tournaments
Thank you to our host schools Minnechaug Regional HS and Pembroke HS and their student councils for providing a day of fun Bocce competition.

Additionally, thank you MASC e-board for supporting and officiating all the bocce games throughout the day. We applaud our fans in the stands and so happy to be back in-person again!
Youth Leadership
Inclusion Campaign - participate!
We invite you to participate in and Inclusion Campaign. The MA Youth Activation Council (YAC) members have come up with several inclusive activities that you can launch at your school. You can customize this outline to work for your school setting. Have fun and then tell us all about it!
Share pictures/descriptions of what you are accomplishing!             
Send a description of your – activity through e-mail - schools@specialolympicsma.org

Post on our Padlet (QR code)- https://padlet.com/lllmdrs/w5dolilgld6om9aco

We would like to highlight and discuss your ideas at our Youth Summit. Please see detail below and join the student discussion on inclusion.
Virtual - Youth Summit April 8th, 9:00-10:30
The Special Olympics Massachusetts Youth Activation Council (YAC) invites you to learn how to promote Unified Champion School programs at your school and in your community.
You are invited to join the conversation on what inclusion can look like at your school.
New to the UCS program? Bring a class to join the discussion for this student-to-student interactive session.

April 8th from 9:00 to 10:30
Please contact kathy.lutz@specialolympicsma.org if you have questions.
Whole School Engagement
The Plunge
We are thankful for all the plungers that were freezin' for a reason this winter. All participants were creative in the way they dressed and plunged! We love our towel holders too! We appreciate all that has been accomplished to provide year-round training and competition for athletes.
Check out the Leaderboard! - Thank you
Middle School
Massasoit Jamboree a Blast
26 Middle Schools are participating in Unified Basketball this March. The Massasoit League came together on March 16th for a great day of competition at their Jamboree. Thank you, Beckwith Middle School and the Dighton-Rehoboth community, for providing a top-notch experience.
If you have questions, please contact kathy.lutz@specialolympicsma.org
Contest
Methuen HS celebrates end of season
at Jersey Mike's
Win a Jersey Mike’s Party!
During the month of March, customers can donate at any Jersey Mike’s restaurant to help the Athletes of Special Olympics Massachusetts.
The Month of Giving campaign will culminate with Jersey Mike’s “Day of Giving” on Wednesday, March 30, when local Jersey Mike’s restaurants will give 100 percent of the day’s sales – not just profit – to the Special Olympics State Programs and the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games. Please drop by a Jersey Mike's near you on March 30 and if you can, take your entire team and let us know ahead of time.

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