Special Olympics offers a collection of tools and resources to empower youth and educators to become leaders in their classrooms and their communities.
Unified Champion Schools Playbooks
This Elementary School Playbook is packed with information and ready-to-use resources designed to help elementary school communities increase social inclusion and implement the Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools® strategy.
Download the most recent version of the Elementary School Playbook
This Middle Level Playbook is packed with information and ready-to-use resources designed to help middle school communities increase social inclusion and implement the Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools® strategy.
Download the most recent version of the Middle Level Playbook.
This High School Playbook is packed with information and ready-to-use resources designed to help high school communities increase social inclusion and implement the Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools® strategy.
Download the most recent version of the High School Playbook.
Bring Special Olympics to your classroom with fun engaging activities highlight inclusion and are made for all grade levels! Comprised of monthly “packages” that keep the educator & student top of mind, the Unified Classroom is a seamless way to ensure that the core themes of Special Olympics are embedded into your current classroom setting.
Unified Sports Resources
NHFS Coaching Unified Sports Online Course – This course will help you understand and implement Special Olympics Unified Sports in your school as well as provide Unified Sports coach certification.
Unified Physical Education provides a unique opportunity for students with and without disabilities to come
together through ongoing educational and physical activities. The Unified Physical Education course is structured
around the national physical education standards and grade-level outcomes.
Download the Unified Physical Education Resource.
The Special Olympics Fitness Guide for Schools was developed to support school-based implementation of
Special Olympics Fitness programming encouraging students with and without intellectual disabilities to achieve
optimal health and performance through adequate physical activity, nutrition, and hydration.
Download the Special Olympics Fitness Guide for Schools.
Download the Special Olympics Unified Sports – A Student’s Guide.
Inclusive Youth Leadership Resources
Download the Youth Leadership Guide
Download the Inclusive Youth Leadership Training Resource
Whole School Engagement Resources
Click here for Spread the Word Inclusion Resources
Special Olympics Get Into It consists of online resources that include lessons, activities, videos, athlete stories and supplemental materials. At the core of Get Into It are age-appropriate lessons designed to be taught in the context of class periods.
Click here for Special Olympics Get Into It Resources
Download the It’s Our School Too! script
National Banner School Program
This program gives national banner recognition to a Special Olympics Unified Champion School demonstrating commitment to inclusion by meeting 10 standards of excellence. Check out how your school can reach banner status!
Elementary School Standards – Read the 10 standards that must be met at the elementary school level to earn national recognition social inclusion and implement the Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools® strategy.
Download the Elementary School Standards
Middle & High School Standards – Read the 10 standards that must be met at the middle & high school level to earn national recognition.
Download the Middle & High School Standards
Download the College Standards
Unified Champion Schools Funding
Special Olympics Maine is pleased to announce once again that funding will be available for schools to support their Unified Champion Schools efforts. To become eligible for this funding, schools that apply must exhibit how they will incorporate all three Unified School components, listed below, into their school community.
- Unified Sports
- Unified Youth Leadership
- Whole School Awareness
The combination of all three Unified Champion School components in a school setting continues to provide the best approach for schools. Special Olympics Maine has witnessed first-hand the tremendous results Unified Champion Schools has had on school climates when these three Unified Champion School components are implemented within a school community. The results have been overwhelmingly positive and have shown to bring positive change to entire school communities, such as accepting and respecting ALL students while also offering new opportunities to those who typically did not have them.
Based on funding we received, Special Olympics Maine will be able to offer schools who meet criteria an opportunity to receive funding as follows:
- Awards will range from $1-$6,000.00 based on project.
- 1st year MPA Interscholastic Special Olympics Unified Basketball applicants max request – $2,500.00
- 2nd year MPA Interscholastic Special Olympics Unified Basketball applicants max request – $2,000.00
- 1st and 2nd year MPA Interscholastic Special Olympics Unified Bocce applicants max request – $1,000.00
- 1st and 2nd year Middle School Interscholastic Special Olympics Unified Basketball applicants max request – $2,000.00
Please note that schools that have received funding for 2+ years cannot apply for ANY funding unless the school has plans to start an additional Unified Sports program. And also note that the same criteria and incorporation of the three Unified Schools components outlined above will apply.
Applications will be accepted until April 1, 2022 or until funding is exhausted. Please review the application questions and draft responses prior to starting the application. Special Olympics Maine 2021-22 Unified Schools Funding Questions. Once the application has been started it will need to be completed/submitted at the same time; there is no way to save or re-enter at a later time. Once an application is submitted the School Administrator and Unified School Liaison will receive an email notification with the contents of their submitted application.
Click here to complete the Special Olympics Maine Unified Champion Schools’ Funding Application
Other Unified Champion School Resources
- Unified Champion Schools Language Guidelines
- Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools Resources
- SO College
- Maine Principals’ Association: www.mpa.cc