Special Olympics Texas will host a national Unified Champion Schools conference for more than 300 people from across the United States, February 26 through March 1. Conference attendees will share success stories and visit Alamo Heights High School, which was the first Texas school to earn the Unified Champion School designation.
The Unified Champion Schools program is changing the lives of students throughout the United States by promoting inclusion and acceptance of students with and without intellectual disabilities. More than 100 elementary, middle school and high school campuses throughout Texas participate in the Unified Champion Schools program.
Typically developing students participate alongside students who have intellectual disabilities – as peers, not as “helpers.” All students engage in self-advocacy, friendship, fitness and sports opportunities together, building relationships that help to change the atmosphere of campuses away from bullying and toward inclusion.
During the visit to the Alamo Heights High School campus, conference attendees will be able to witness social inclusion and a Unified way of life. Visitors will see sites across campus that demonstrate how the Alamo Heights community live, work , learn and play Unified. They will also participate in an Un-Run, a mini demonstration of the community’s sustaining fundraiser 5k.
For more information on the Unified Champion Schools program in Texas, visit www.sotx.org/ucs or contact Alice Keller (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 512.491.2951.
About Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools
Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools is an education and sports based strategy powered by an engaged youth community that increases athletic and leadership opportunities for students with and without intellectual disabilities, while creating communities of acceptance for all. Unified Champion Schools programming includes three main educational components in schools: Inclusive Youth Leadership, Whole-school awareness activities and Special Olympics Unified Sports. Visit http://www.specialolympics.org
About Special Olympics Texas
Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) is a privately funded non-profit organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect. SOTX provides continuing opportunities for more than 58,300 children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the Lone Star State to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship. To learn more, visit www.specialolympicstexas.org or call 800.876.5646. Engage with us on: Twitter@SOTexas; fb.com/SpecialOlympicsTX;youtube.com/specialolympicstexas. Visit the SOTX – Unified Champion Schools Facebook page at fb.com/UnifiedChampionsTX.
- : Special Olympics Texas