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Mead High School – A Case Study on Inclusion

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Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools (UCS) builds on Special Olympics Colorado’s values, principles, practices and experiences to shape a generation that welcomes everyone.

The Unified Champion Schools approach incorporates Special Olympics sports and related activities while enhancing the youth experience and empowering them to be change agents in their communities.

UNIFIED CHAMPION SCHOOLS ALSO PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO DEVELOP SOCIAL SKILLS

of students learn that standing up for something they believe is the right thing to do.

of students learn how to be patient with other students.

of students learn how one’s emotions and attitudes can affect others.

of students who got to know a student with ID considered them a friend.

COMPONENTS OF A UNIFIED CHAMPION SCHOOL

Unified Sports

Special Olympics is dedicated to promoting social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences. Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team to build unity.

Inclusive Leadership & Advocacy

Youth leadership provides young people with the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to create and sustain school communities that promote acceptance, respect and human dignity.

Whole School Engagement

Awareness and education activities that promote inclusion and reach the majority of the school population. I.E. Inclusion Campaign, pep rallies, “fans in the stands”, etc.

Health & Wellness Programming (Healthy LEAP)

Healthy LEAP (Lifestyle, Education and Application Program) is a series of health, nutrition, fitness, safety and injury prevention lessons created specifically for youth with and without intellectual disabilities. Healthy LEAP is designed to meet Colorado Department of Education’s Comprehensive Health Standards.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Spread the Word Day

The 2021 Spread the Word (STW) Day is Wednesday, March 3. Special Olympics Colorado will be hosting a conference call on Monday, February 8 from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm to cover what the campaign will look like this year and answer any questions Unified Champion Schools (UCS) liaisons might have.If you cannot attend the meeting, a […]

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Unified Champion Schools, at all grade levels, have free and direct accessto resources and opportunities from Special Olympics Colorado

  • Access to sports equipment, uniforms and transportation to/from Special Olympics CO competitions
  • Inclusion Campaign resources (banners, t-shirts, wristbands, etc.)
  • Youth leadership & advocacy resources
  • Health and Wellness Curriculum (Healthy LEAP)
  • Unified in the Classroom
  • Ideas to implement inclusive sports and health
  • Opportunity to compete at Special Olympics CO regional and state competitions
  • Annual Youth Summit
  • Camp Shriver (application opportunity)
  • Statewide Youth Activation Committee (application opportunity)
  • Other UCS events
School Resources:
  • Access to sports equipment, uniforms and transportation to/from Special Olympics CO competitions
  • Inclusion Campaign resources (banners, t-shirts, wristbands, etc.)
  • Youth leadership & advocacy resources
  • Health and Wellness Curriculum (Healthy LEAP)
  • Unified in the Classroom
  • Ideas to implement inclusive sports and health
Invitations:
  • Opportunity to compete at Special Olympics CO regional and state competitions
  • Annual Youth Summit
  • Camp Shriver (application opportunity)
  • Statewide Youth Activation Committee (application opportunity)
  • Other UCS events
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CONTACT US TODAY

Chaka Sutton

Senior Vice President, Competitive Programs
and Unified Schools
(720) 359-3102
Email: css@specialolympicsco.org

Ben Wrubel

Director of Unified Champion Schools
(720) 359-3118
Email: bwrubel@specialolympicsco.org

Rick Brady

Unified Champion Schools Manager, Middle & High Schools
(720) 359 3103
Email: rbrady@specialolympicsco.org

Freda Davenport

Elementary Unified Champion Schools Manager
(720) 359-3114
Email: fmd@specialolympicsco.org

Seth Krebill

Unified Champion Schools Coordinator
(720) 359-3115
Email: skrebill@specialolympicsco.org

Allo Perry

Unified Schools Specialist
(720) 359-3106
Email: ap@specialolympicsco.org