Eddie Yarbrough is a Champion Ambassador

Eddie Yarbrough seated in a high school classroom.

Eddie Yarbrough, Defensive End for the Minnesota Vikings is a Special Olympics Champion Ambassador. Ever since high school, Eddie has been part of the Special Olympics movement through his support of Unified Champion Schools.

Making the Case for Inclusion: CDC Report

Unified athletes pose for a photograph.

Through Unified Physical Education and Unified Fitness, students of all abilities can get the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity. Read more from CDC Healthy Schools.

Special Olympics Celebrates 52 Years

The first Special Olympics was held in Chicago.

When the first Special Olympics was held in 1968, it was the start of a movement. Today, Special Olympics is a global organization that engages millions of athletes from around the globe. We celebrate how far the organization has come while acknowledging that there is still important work to be done.

Celebrating Mrs. Shriver

Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver delivers a speech at a podium.

On July 10, we celebrate the founder of the Special Olympics movement, Eunice Kennedy Shriver. Every day her legacy shines as we continue to fight for a more inclusive world on and off the field.


A student in his cap and gown.

The #UnifiedGeneration celebrated Graduation 2020 with Facebook and Instagram with the help of NFL player and UCS alum Eddie Yarbrough!

Teacher Appreciation Day

Teacher Diane P. with her students from Burnet Middle School.

On May 5, 2020, we celebrate the hundreds of teachers at the forefront of the Special Olympics movement. The tireless work of teachers across the country continues to inspire us as we work to spread inclusion.

ESPN Top 5 Class of 2019

Miami Southridge Senior High School receiving their national banner.

Take a look a back at the awesome celebrations that occurred throughout this school year to honor our ESPN Top 5 Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools. To apply to become a Special Olympics Unified Champion School with national recognition reach out to your Special Olympics State Program for more information.


Shaniya and her brother looking off into the distance.

Take a look at our incredible young leaders with and without intellectual disabilities that make up the #UnifiedGeneration

National Siblings Day

This National Siblings Day, Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools® celebrates siblings who continue to power our movement through love, support, and drive. We want to introduce you to some of the people who, individually and as pairs, inspire us every day.