Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools Annual Conference Happening Now

Did you know the 2017 Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools Annual Conference is happening this week? The conference is designed to be the premier professional development event for Special Olympics State Program staff and key volunteers implementing our Unified Schools Strategy.  The national conference rotates locations throughout the country, and this year it’s being held in Columbia, SC on February 7-10.  Over 250 people will be attending, representing 47 states and 4 Canadian provinces. This includes staff from Special Olympics Louisiana.  Several prominent organizations are supporting the event, including: The US Department of Education, ESPN, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).  Special Olympics South Carolina is serving as the local hosting organization, and the conference will feature several schools, students and educators from throughout the state.

A few expected highlights:

  • Opening welcome address from Steve Benjamin, Mayor of Columbia
  • Unified pep rally featuring ESPN on-air talent and more than 1,100 Lexington High School and area students
  • Keynote lunch featuring Dan Habib (www.danhabibfilms.org)
  • Closing keynote featuring Mary Davis, CEO of Special Olympics International

Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools Overview:

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:

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