Special Olympics Oklahoma
Unified Champion Schools® provides significant positive outcomes for participants, and can play an important supporting role in state, district, and individual school strategic goals, whether it be promoting a positive school climate, developing physical fitness, building character, preventing bullying, enhancing student engagement and promoting and building student leadership skills. It is the connections between initiatives – along with the whole school’s involvement in the design and implementation of UCS – that can foster a more inclusive and welcoming environment for all students.
Youth Activation Committee
The Youth Activation Committee (YAC) is a group of youth comprised of members with and without intellectual disabilities from across the state. This group works together throughout the year to educate, motivate, and activate youth to become agents of change in their communities and advocate for the respect, inclusion, and acceptance of all people regardless of abilities. The State YAC uses a wide variety of tools to communicate effectively such as email, conference calls, Facebook, state summits, and state rallies. The goal of the State YAC is to reach out to other youth to help carry out social justice for all people.
For more information about YAC contact Renee Shoaf.
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. It was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding.
In Unified Sports, teams are made up of people of similar age and ability. Having sport in common is just one more way that preconceptions and false ideas are swept away. Young people with disabilities often do not get a chance to play on their school sports teams. More and more U.S. states are adopting the Unified Sports approach that Special Olympics pioneered and making school sports much more inclusive.