Tag: Unified Champion Schools

INSIDE NEWS: ESPN Reporter Recognized for Work with Special Olympics

ESPN reporter Michele Steele was recognized for her volunteer work with Special Olympics as she was named the 2019 Commentator of the Year as part of the network's volunteer of the year awards announced last Friday. Per the release, the awards focused on employees who are self-directed in their service and committed to supporting their ...

INSIDE NEWS: L.A. Times on Rafer Johnson; Trabuco Hills HS Honored

Editor's note: Welcome to the first installment of Inside News, which will highlight stories of Special Olympics Southern California athletes and programs generated by media outlets and other outside sources. By now, you might be aware of the LA84 Foundation Library's exhibit of SOSC founder Rafer Johnson. Earlier this year, Los Angeles Times columnist Bill Plaschke spent ...

INSIDE SOSC: 50 Years of Progress, and Counting

For much of the past handful of years, Special Olympics Southern California President/CEO Bill Shumard has left the staff a simple, gentle reminder. What got us here, won't take us there. In many ways, that type of approach can explain how an organization celebrating its 50-year anniversary has evolved and continued to make an impact ...

National Volunteer Week: Christine Spino

Teaching Those the Importance of Inclusion

Your Voice is Needed Tell Congress to #ChoosetoInclude

The U.S. Department of Education has proposed the elimination of funding for Special Olympics in the 2020 federal budget. Special Olympics Southern California relies on federal funding to support our Schools Partnership Program, which brings together students with and without intellectual disabilities through sports, whole-school engagement and inclusive leadership. These programs are critical to building ...

Warren HS Honored for Inclusive Environment

DOWNEY, Calif. – Neil Everett walked onto the stage on the Justice Stadium football field at Warren High School, unzipped his jacket and revealed a navy T-shirt with the words “The Cave” – an ode to the school’s student section. The 4,000 students in attendance roared in approval, engulfing the ESPN SportsCenter anchor with the ...

‘Choose to Include – No Matter What’

CHULA VISTA – Students at Olympian High School had a packed gymnasium rocking, cheering on fellow classmates during a Special Olympics Unified basketball game. “Choose to include – no matter what!” was the chant, as the force of the growing “inclusion revolution” promoted by the organization’s Unified Champion Schools program continues to sweep the nation. ...

INSIDE SOSC: Recapping 2018

With two weeks remaining in the calendar year, it's time to look back on 2018.  WeAreSOSC.org was created to help tell the stories of Special Olympics Southern California athletes and recap the various events and fundraisers. Here are some of the highlights (click subhead for full post): What it Means to Play Unified Back in ...

Warren HS Named as ‘ESPN Top-5’ UCS

LONG BEACH - What started as a social club a decade ago at Warren High School is now a nationally recognized program. Warren High School, part of the Downey Unified School District, was one of 30 Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools selected Aug. 30 as part of the first class of ESPN Honor Roll schools. ...

Unified Champion Schools: Fostering Youth Leaders

LONG BEACH - Through Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools, Special Olympics Southern California creates partnerships with schools and districts to help foster positive school climates for individuals with intellectual disabilities. During the 2017-18 school year, partnerships included 22 elementary schools, 20 middle schools, 50 high schools, three school districts and three universities. The goal of Unified Champion Schools is to promote the acceptance and ...