100&Change: 2020

Inclusive Mindsets and Skillsets through Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools

Our project cultivates inclusive mindsets through Unified Champion Schools: programming that convenes youth with and without intellectual disabilities through sports, leadership development and community engagement.

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Two-page overview of proposal
Competition Participation
100&Change: 2020
Sports and recreation
Current Work Location
  • Provincia de Panamá, Panama
  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Abū Z̧aby, United Arab Emirates
  • National Capital Territory of Delhi, India
  • District of Columbia, United States
Proposed Work Locations:
  • Región Metropolitana de Santiago, Chile
  • Moskva, Russia
  • Mombasa, Kenya
  • Muḩāfaz̧at al Qāhirah, Egypt
  • State of Uttar Pradesh, India
Priority Populations:
  • Children and youth
  • People with disabilities
  • Teachers
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
  • 3. Good health and well-being
  • 4. Quality education
  • 10. Reduced inequalities

Executive Summary:

Inclusion is the issue of our time. In an increasingly diverse world, the skillsets and mindsets to constructively engage those who are different are urgently needed. A future where stigma and exclusion no longer plague the marginalized requires a generational tipping point in development of these skills, beginning in schools. To meet this urgency, Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools has been developed as an evidence-based, co-curricular intervention convening students with and without intellectual disabilities to develop inclusive mindsets and skillsets through sport, leadership development, and community engagement. This is executed in partnership between local and national education authorities and Special Olympics, a global organization present in 190+ countries with 50 years of experience creating attitudinal change towards the most historically marginalized: people with intellectual disabilities. This project will reach local, national, and global tipping points to normalize inclusion through expanding Unified Champion Schools and deepening research understanding of inclusive mindsets.

Organization Details
Lead Organization

Special Olympics

website: https://www.specialolympics.org/
Organization Headquarters
District of Columbia, United States
Organization ID
Annual Operating Budget
$100 to $199 Million
Number of Full-time Employees
100 to 299

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