Through the Unified Champion Schools Program, students will took part in inclusive sports events onMay 10, 2022 at Mishawaka High School. Students in grades K-12, staff, School Resource Officers and volunteers in partnership with Special Olympics Indiana all work together to make this day possible.
Unified Champion Schools promotes social inclusion by bringing together young people with and without disabilities on sports teams (Special Olympics Unified Sports®) through inclusive student clubs, together in school or community-wide initiatives, and by fostering youth leadership. Unified Game Days are Special Olympics events held at partner schools throughout the state to facilitate competition in Unified Sports® by students who have participated in Unified Champion Schools programming.
Director of Exceptional Learners Barbara Michalos said, "SCM has participated in Special Olympics Unified events since 2017. The program leads to meaningful change in creating an inclusive school environment that engages all learners. Our athletes have been practicing and competing since January in preparation for this culminating track event. We have 99 athletes from 7 elementary schools, and John Young Middle school competing in track and field events. Growing Together Preschools hosted two inclusive Special Olympic Field days that included 110 preschool students. This day is a culmination of the hard work and dedication of our staff and students to model an inclusive mindset. It reminds us of the great work we have done, and the work that still needs to be done to expand the Inclusion Revolution. We Choose To Include in School City of Mishawaka."