Unified Champion Schools

Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools®

Unified Champion Schools promotes social inclusion by bringing together young people with and without ID on sports teams (Special Olympics Unified Sports®), through inclusive student clubs, together in school or community-wide initiatives, and by fostering youth leadership.  At its core, this strategy is about unifying all students – with and without disabilities – using sports as a catalyst for social inclusion and attitude and behavioral change.   Learn more about this global initiative and subscribe to the Generation Unified YouTube Channel.

FSHAA logoSpecial Olympics Florida Unified Champion Schools (UCS) has a unique partnership with the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA). Our UCS high schools compete in bowling, flag football, basketball, and track and are recognized as a Varsity athlete at their school. Students with and without intellectual disabilities are provided the opportunity to represent their schools at an elite level by competing at the FHSAA State Championships in their own Unified Division. These sports experiences are valuable and will forever be remembered by all our students competing. We are very grateful to continue offering these wonderful sports, leadership, friendship, and team-building moments.

Get involved or stay involved as a Unified Champion School

Register for the 2023-2024 school year by filling out our eLetter of Intent form.


Unified Champion Schools Playbooks

UCS - Elementary Playbook

This Elementary School Playbook is packed with information and ready-to-use resources designed to help elementary school communities increase social inclusion and implement the Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools® strategy.

Download the Elementary School Playbook

UCS Middle School Playbook

This Middle Level Playbook is packed with information and ready-to-use resources designed to help middle school communities increase social inclusion and implement the Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools® strategy.

Download the Middle Level Playbook

UCS - High School Playbook

This High School Playbook is packed with information and ready-to-use resources designed to help high school communities increase social inclusion and implement the Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools® strategy.

Download the High School Playbook

UCS Starter Guide

The Special Olympics College Club Starter Guide was developed to help college students create and establish an official student organization on campus. This resource serves a specific component of the whole Special Olympics College experience. It should be used with other Special Olympics College resources to meet the complete needs of the club.

Download the College Club Starter Guide

Connect With Us

Contact us if you would like to get your school involved with Special Olympics Florida and become a Unified Champion School:

  • Danielle Kent, Sr. Manager, Unified Champion Schools, Health & Fitness, 352-242-7770 
  • Angelo Cottman, Coordinator, Unified Champion Schools, 352-809-0405
  • Jana Arnette, Manager, Unified Champion City Schools - Jacksonville, 904-568-6681
  • Meredith Narayanan, Sr. Director, Unified Champion Schools & Developmental Sports Programs, 352-727-5097


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Making an impact in their communities!

Here are our Unified Champion Schools for the 2022-2023 school year.

School Name County
Littlewood Elementary School Alachua
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Elementary School Alachua
Myra A. Terwilliger Elementary School Alachua
Stephen Foster Elementary School Alachua
Talbot Elementary Alachua
University of Florida  Alachua
Baker County High School Baker
Baker County Middle School Baker
Baker County Pre-K/Kindergarten Center Baker
J Franklyn Keller Intermediate School Baker
Macclenny Elementary School Baker
Westside Elementary School Baker
Astronaut High School Brevard
Audubon Elementary Brevard
James Madison Middle School Brevard
Palm Bay Elementary School Brevard
Ralph M Williams Jr. Elementary School Brevard
Sunrise Elementary School Brevard
Viera High School  Brevard
Wade Christian Academy Brevard
Attucks Middle School Broward
Bennett Elementary School Broward
Boulevard Heights Elementary School  Broward
Broward College Broward
Everglades Elementary School Broward
Hollywood Park Elementary Broward
Horizon Elementary Broward
J. P. Taravella High School Broward
Manatee Bay Elementary School Broward
Parkway Middle School Broward
Sea Castle Elementary School Broward
Silver Trail Middle School Broward
South Plantation High School Broward
St. Thomas Aquinas High School Broward
Young Brilliant Mindz Academy Broward
Citrus Springs Elementary School Citrus
Citrus Springs Middle School Citrus
CREST School Citrus
Pleasant Grove Elementary School Citrus
Clay Hill Elementary School Clay
Lake Asbury Junior High School Clay
Oakleaf High School Clay
Plantation Oaks Elementary School Clay
Ridgeview Elementary School Clay
Thunderbolt Elementary School Clay
Wilkinson Elementary School Clay
Community School of Naples Collier
Golden Gate High School Collier
Highlands Elementary Collier
Immokalee High School Collier
Lely High School Collier
Manatee Elementary School Collier
Fort White Elementary School Columbia
Lake City Christian Academy Columbia
Abess Park Elementary School Duval
Alimacani Elementary School Duval
Arlington Elementary School Duval
Atlantic Coast High School Duval
Bayview Elementary School Duval
Biltmore Elementary Duval
Biscayne Elementary School Duval
Chaffee Trail Elementary School Duval
Englewood High School Duval
Enterprise Learning Academy Duval
Greenland Pines Elementary Duval
Highlands Elementary School Duval
Jean Ribault Middle School Duval
Joseph Stilwell Military Academy of Leadership Duval
Kernan Trail Elementary School Duval
Lake Shore Middle School Duval
Landmark Middle School Duval
Loretto Elementary School Duval
Love Grove Elementary School Duval
Mainspring Academy Inc. Duval
Mandarin Middle School Duval
Mandarin Oaks Elementary School Duval
Martin Luther King Elementary Duval
Mayport Elementary School Duval
Mt. Herman ESE Center Duval
North Florida School for Special Education  Duval
Oak Hill Academy Duval
Palm Avenue School  Duval
Sabal Palm Elementary Duval
Sallye B. Mathis Elementary School Duval
Southside Estates Elementary Duval
Waterleaf Elementary School Duval
Blue Angels Elementary School Escambia
Escambia High School Escambia
Ferry Pass Middle Escambia
J.M. Tate Senior High School Escambia
Jim C. Bailey Middle School Escambia
Pensacola High School Escambia
Pine Forest High School Escambia
Washington Senior High School  Escambia
Workman Middle School Escambia
Matanzas High School Flagler
Franklin County Schools Franklin
Hamilton County Elementary School Hamilton
Hamilton High School Hamilton
Central Elementary School Hendry
Clewiston High School Hendry
Clewiston Middle School Hendry
Country Oaks Elementary School Hendry
Eastside Elementary School Hendry
Edward Upthegrove Elementary School  Hendry
LaBelle Elementary School Hendry
LaBelle High School Hendry
LaBelle Middle School Hendry
Westside Elementary School Hendry
Central High School Hernando
Spring Hill Elementary Hernando
Springstead High School Hernando
West Hernando Middle School  Hernando
Achievers Day School Hillsborough
Alonso High School Hillsborough
Armwood High School Hillsborough
Burney Elementary  Hillsborough
Carrollwood Elementary Hillsborough
Chamberlain High School Hillsborough
Citrus Park Elementary School Hillsborough
Claywell Elementary School Hillsborough
Davidsen Middle School Hillsborough
Durant High School Hillsborough
Forest Hills Elementary School Hillsborough
Freedom High School Hillsborough
Gaither High School Hillsborough
H. B. Plant High School Hillsborough
Kimbell Elementary School Hillsborough
Knights Elementary School Hillsborough
Newsome High School Hillsborough
Palm River Elementary School Hillsborough
Plant City High School Hillsborough
Robinson Elementary School Hillsborough
South University- Tampa Campus Hillsborough
Summerfield Elementary School  Hillsborough
Sumner High School Hillsborough
The University of Tampa Hillsborough
Twin Lakes Elementary School Hillsborough
University of South Florida Hillsborough
Walker Middle Magnet Hillsborough
Wimauma Elementary School Hillsborough
Citrus Elementary School Indian River
Vero Beach High School Indian River
Wabasso School Indian River
Clermont Elementary School Lake
East Ridge High School Lake
East Ridge Middle School Lake
Eustis Elementary School  Lake
Eustis High School Lake
Eustis Middle School Lake
Lake Minneola High School Lake
Lake Pointe Academy K-8 Lake
Lake Success Academy Lake
Leesburg High School  Lake
Mount Dora High School Lake
Mount Dora Middle School Lake
Pine Ridge Elementary Lake
Sawgrass Bay Elementary Lake
Sorrento Elementary School Lake
Tavares High School  Lake
Tavares Middle School Lake
Triangle Elementary School Lake
Umatilla Elementary School Lake
Bonita Springs High School Lee
Bonita Springs Middle Center for the Arts Lee
Buckingham Exceptional Student Center Lee
Caloosa Elementary Lee
Caloosa Middle School Lee
Cape Coral High School Lee
Challenger Middle School Lee
Cypress Lake High School Lee
Cypress Lake Middle School Lee
Diplomat Elementary School  Lee
Diplomat Middle School Lee
Dunbar High School Lee
East Lee County High School Lee
Edgewood Renaissance Academy Lee
Estero High School Lee
Florida Gulf Coast University Lee
Fort Myers High School Lee
Fort Myers Middle School Lee
Gateway High School Lee
Gulf Elementary School Lee
Harns Marsh Middle School Lee
Ida Baker High School Lee
Island Coast High School Lee
Lehigh Acres Middle School Lee
Lehigh Elementary School Lee
Lehigh Senior High School Lee
Lexington Middle School Lee
Mariner High School Lee
Mariner Middle School Lee
North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts Lee
North Fort Myers High School Lee
Oak Hammock Middle School Lee
Orange River Elementary Lee
Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle School Lee
Pinewoods Elementary School Lee
River Hall Elementary School Lee
Riverdale High School Lee
San Carlos Park Elementary Lee
Skyline Elementary School Lee
South Fort Myers High School Lee
Spring Creek Elementary School Lee
Sunshine Elementary School Lee
The Sanibel School Lee
Three Oaks Middle School Lee
Tortuga Preserve Elementary Lee
Trafalgar Middle School Lee
Tropic Isles Elementary School Lee
Varsity Lakes Middle School Lee
Veterans Park Academy for the Arts Lee
Villas Elementary School Lee
Amos P. Godby High School Leon
Apalachee Elementary School Leon
Augusta Raa Middle School Leon
Bond Elementary School Leon
Buck Lake Elementary Leon
Deerlake Middle School Leon
Elizabeth Cobb Middle School Leon
Fairview Middle School Leon
Florida State University Leon
Gretchen Everhart School Leon
Griffin Middle School Leon
Hawks Rise Elementary Leon
J Michael Conley Elementary Leon
Kate Sullivan Elementary Leon
Lawton Chiles High School Leon
Leon County Schools Transitions Program Leon
Leon High School Leon
Lincoln High School Leon
R. Frank Nims Middle School Leon
Rickards High School Leon
Roberts Elementary School Leon
Sabal Palm Elementary School Leon
Swift Creek Middle School Leon
The Achieve Academy Leon
William J. Montford Middle School  Leon
Easterseals Academy Manatee
Belleview Middle School Marion
Fort King Middle School Marion
Maplewood Elementary School Marion
Vanguard High School Marion
West Port High School Marion
Willoughby Learning Center Martin
Arcola Lake Elementary  Miami-Dade
Avocado Elementary Miami-Dade
Barry University Miami-Dade
Blue Lakes Elementary Miami-Dade
Bunche Park Elementary Miami-Dade
Comstock Elementary School Miami-Dade
Coral Reef Elementary Miami-Dade
David Lawrence Jr. K-8 Center Miami-Dade
Dr. Carlos J Finlay Elementary Miami-Dade
Easter Seals Liberty Square- Head Start Miami-Dade
Easterseals Jackson-Dade Headstart Miami-Dade
Eugenia B. Thomas K-8 Center Miami-Dade
Felix Varela Senior High School Miami-Dade
Florida International University  Miami-Dade
G. Holmes Braddock Senior High School Miami-Dade
Great Heights Academy Miami-Dade
Henry M. Flagler Elementary School Miami-Dade
Hialeah Gardens Elementary School Miami-Dade
Homestead Senior High School Miami-Dade
Joe Hall Elementary School Miami-Dade
Jose de Diego Middle School  Miami-Dade
Learning Links School Miami-Dade
Miami Beach Fienberg Fisher K-8 Center Miami-Dade
Miami Central Senior High School Miami-Dade
Miami Coral Park Senior High Miami-Dade
Miami Dade College-Homestead Campus Miami-Dade
Miami Palmetto Senior High Miami-Dade
Miami Springs Sr. High School Miami-Dade
Norwood Elementary Miami-Dade
Palm Lakes Elementary  Miami-Dade
Ponce de Leon Middle School Miami-Dade
Redland Elementary School Miami-Dade
Robert Renick Education Center Miami-Dade
Southwest Miami Senior High School Miami-Dade
University of Miami Miami-Dade
West Hialeah Gardens Elementary Miami-Dade
Zora Neale Hurston Elementary Miami-Dade
Coral Shores High School Monroe
Gerald Adams Elementary Monroe
Horace O'Bryant School Monroe
Key Largo School Monroe
Key West High School Monroe
Poinciana Elementary School Monroe
Sugarloaf School Monroe
The College of the Florida Keys Monroe
Treasure Village Montessori Charter School Monroe
Wildlight Elementary School Nassau
Arbor Ridge K-8 School Orange
Camelot Elementary School Orange
Catalina Elementary Orange
Conway Elementary School Orange
Dr. Phillips High School Orange
Freedom High School  Orange
Horizon High School Orange
Lake Como K-8 School Orange
Palm Lake Elementary School Orange
Palmetto Elementary  Orange
Pine Hills Elementary School Orange
Riverside Elementary School Orange
Sunset Park Elementary School Orange
Thornebrooke Elementary School Orange
UCP Bailes Community Academy K-8 Orange
UCP Bailes Early Childhood Academy Orange
UCP Downtown Charter Orange
UCP of Central Florida- Pine Hills Campus Orange
UCP of Central Florida- TLA campus Orange
UCP West Orange Charter School Orange
Union Park Middle School Orange
University High School Orange
University of Central Florida  Orange
Water Spring Elementary Orange
Boggy Creek Elementary Osceola
Celebration K-8 Osceola
Cypress Elementary  Osceola
Denn John Middle School Osceola
Gateway High School Osceola
Harmony Middle School Osceola
Hickory Tree Elementary Osceola
Highlands Elementary School Osceola
Mill Creek Elementary Osceola
Narcoossee Middle School Osceola
Neptune Middle School Osceola
Parkway Middle School Osceola
Poinciana High School Osceola
Saint Cloud Middle School Osceola
St. Cloud Elementary School Osceola
St. Cloud High School Osceola
UCP Osceola Charter School Osceola
Westside K-8 Osceola
Boca Raton Community Middle School Palm Beach
Boynton Beach Community High School Palm Beach
Connections Education Center Palm Beach
Eagles Landing Middle School Palm Beach
Emerald Cove Middle School Palm Beach
Forest Hill Community High School Palm Beach
Gove Elementary School Palm Beach
Howell L Watkins Middle School Palm Beach
Palm Beach Central High School Palm Beach
Palm Beach Gardens High School Palm Beach
Park Vista Community High School Palm Beach
South University- West Palm Beach Palm Beach
Whispering Pines Elementary School Palm Beach
Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School Pasco
Connerton Elementary School Pasco
Cotee River Elementary School Pasco
Cypress Creek High School Pasco
Cypress Creek Middle School Pasco
Deer Park Elementary School Pasco
Double Branch Elementary Pasco
Gulf High School Pasco
Gulf Middle School Pasco
Hudson Academy Pasco
Longleaf Elementary Pasco
Reconnections Education Center Pasco
Starkey Ranch K-8 Pasco
Wendell Krinn Technical High School Pasco
Wiregrass Elementary School Pasco
Zephyrhills High School  Pasco
Calvin Hunsinger ESE Center Pinellas
Campbell Park Elementary Pinellas
Oldsmar Elementary Pinellas
Ridgecrest Elementary Pinellas
Auburndale Senior High School Polk
Chain of Lakes Elementary Polk
Combee Academy of Design and Engineering Polk
Davenport Elementary School Polk
Fort Meade Middle Senior High School Polk
Language and Literacy Academy Polk
Life Skills Academy Polk
McLaughlin Middle Senior School Polk
Mulberry High School Polk
Mulberry Middle School Polk
Spook Hill Elementary  Polk
Berryhill Elementary School Santa Rosa
Hobbs Middle School Santa Rosa
Navarre High School Santa Rosa
Pace High School Santa Rosa
Bay Haven School of Basics Plus Sarasota
Fruitville Elementary School Sarasota
Glenallen Elementary School Sarasota
Lamarque Elementary School Sarasota
Oak Park School Sarasota
Pine View School Sarasota
Sarasota High School Sarasota
Altamonte Elementary Seminole
Casselberry Elementary Seminole
Evans Elementary School Seminole
Jackson Heights Middle School Seminole
Lake Mary Elementary  Seminole
Lyman High School Seminole
Milwee Middle School Seminole
Pine Crest Elementary  Seminole
Rock Lake Middle School Seminole
Sabal Point Elementary Seminole
South Seminole Academy Seminole
Spring Lake Elementary Seminole
UCP of Central Florida- Seminole Campus Seminole
Alice B. Landrum Middle School St. Johns
Beachside High School St. Johns
Creekside High School St. Johns
Crookshank Elementary School St. Johns
Durbin Creek Elementary School St. Johns
Gamble Rogers Middle School St. Johns
Pacetti Bay Middle School St. Johns
Palm Valley Child Development Center  St. Johns
Patriot Oaks Academy St. Johns
Pedro Menendez High School St. Johns
Ponte Vedra High School St. Johns
Timberlin Creek Elementary St. Johns
Tocoi Creek High School St. Johns
Valley Ridge Academy St. Johns
Fort Pierce Westwood Academy The W.E.S.T Prep Magnet St. Lucie
Ft. Pierce Central High School St. Lucie
Lincoln Park Academy St. Lucie
Port St. Lucie High School St. Lucie
St. Lucie Elementary School St. Lucie
St. Lucie West Centennial High  St. Lucie
Sun Grove Montessori School St. Lucie
Treasure Coast High School St. Lucie
Bushnell Elementary School Sumter
David C Hinson Senior Middle School Volusia
Deland High School Volusia
Deltona Lakes Elementary School Volusia
New Smyrna Beach High School Volusia
Pine Ridge High School Volusia
River Springs Middle School Volusia
Seabreeze High School  Volusia
Spruce Creek High School Volusia
T. Dewitt Taylor Middle-High School Volusia
Riversprings Middle School Wakulla
Wakulla High School  Wakulla
Wakulla Middle School Wakulla

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