Unified Champion Schools Resources

below are resources for your ucs program. if there is anything else you need, do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Important Unified Sports Dates
The 2020-21 Sports Schedule will be announced soon.
Unified Sports Coach recruitment video: Coaches share their insight on the keys to being a successful Unified Sports coach and the role they play in ensuring meaningful involvement on the field and fostering social inclusion off the field.

Unified Sports Inclusion recruitment video: Teammates and coaches talk about the power Unified Sports can have in building friendships at school and in the community.

Unified Sports Official recruitment video: Officials share their experiences on the role they play in ensuring fair and safe Unified Sports competition compared to the role staff play in managing player domination.

Unified Sports School Administrators recruitment video: The video provides elementary, middle and high school administrators an overview of Unified Sports, including the benefits a Unified Champion School can bring to their students and school community.

Unified Sports Teammates recruitment video: Teammates share their perspective on the value of Unified Sports, on the field expectations and off the field benefits.

No particular experience necessary. We are looking for passionate individuals willing to donate 1 day/week to coaching high school students after school. Teachers, paraeducators, soccer coaches should apply, as well as anyone else with an interest. All Coaches must meet coach requirements. Each school team needs a fully certified coach. We recommend each school have multiple coaches, including sports coach, staff liaison, and community volunteers. We do require each team to have one coach per sport who has completed the free, online NFHS Coaching Unified Sports course. Additionally, we encourage Staff Coaches to select Youth Leaders to lead teams as a service learning project:

  • Member of NHS or Stuco, or like-minded individual
  • Recruits students to participate and reminds students to turn in forms, go to practice, etc.
  • Promotes league among student body to attend as fans in the stands
  • Chooses other projects to lead in order to enhance school’s inclusive environment.
A Special Olympics athlete is a student with an intellectual disability. Most students with an IEP qualify as an athlete. In order to participate, an athlete must submit an Athlete Medical/Release Form  to his or her coach. A physical is required as part of this form. Students may submit a previous physical completed for another purpose in lieu of the bottom portion of the Medical Release Form.

If a student already participates in Special Olympics, the forms may not be required for registration. Contact Chris Burt,, 913-236-9290 Ext 107. Down Syndrome Information Down Syndrome form (if applicable) Formulario Medico / de Exoneracion Medical Addendum for Down syndrome  Inscripcion del Atleta

A Unified Partner is a student without an intellectual disability.  Partners in our Player-Development division act as mentors to athletes.  As such, specific rules and guidelines are in place to ensure athletes have meaningful involvement in the competition. Learn more by reviewing the Player-Development Guidelines.  Each partner must complete a Class A Volunteer & Unified Partner Registration Form.

We want to make sure that we are recognizing your entire Unified Champion School efforts. Please fill out this form for any Unified activitities that takes place at your school or organization outside of sports. These activities can include but are not limited to the following:

  • Inclusive Pep Rally
  • Inclusive Clubs
  • Awareness Campaigns
  • Student Led Fundraising
  • Peer Buddies

Please note, to be considered for the Unified Champion School banner program, schools must engage in all three components of the UCS program. If there is any media associated with the event (i.e. newspaper article, website write-up or video) please send that to Chris Burt at

Report UCS Activities Here

Special Olympics Kansas is looking for youth to join the movement as leaders. You will educate other youth that intellectual disabilities cross all boundaries of age, gender, religion and culture. Youth leaders help carry out Special Olympics mission and promote inclusive environments in their schools and communities. Find Out More

2020-21 Back to School Resources

Regardless of what it may look like for your schools and students this year, it is Back to School season!

With schools across the United States returning to learning in different ways, it is essential that there are adaptations available that help make Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools® programming just as possible as before. When preparing for back to school, take a look at the below resources for tips on how schools can adapt to the “new normal” and ensure socially inclusive programming is still a priority.

Special Olympics Distance Learning Resources Landing Page

Turning Isolation into Inclusion Messaging

Inclusion Tiles: Have the Conversation


Kansas Unified College Sports Opportunities
Special Olympics Kansas is in the process of partnering with colleges and universities across Kansas to provide intramural unified sports opportunities on campuses partnering university students with Special Olympics athletes over the age of 18.


Current Unified Sports Opportunities (Contact Chris Burt at to find out how you can get involved at any of the following schools or get your school involved:


Emporia State University
Pittsburg State University
University of Kansas
Kansas State University
Washburn University
Wichita State University


Start a Special Olympics College Clubs


If you would like more information or if you are at a Kansas university or college and would like to get something going at your school, please contact Chris Burt at


The Special Olympics Kansas Unified Champion School program is supported in part by the Kansas Coaches Association.