Catherine and Claude’s Moment

Claude and Catherine Dayas-Tokoto sitting in their home looking into each other's eyes.

Catherine and Claude Dayas-Tokoto emigrated from Cameroon to the United States to provide a better life for their children including their first-born Prince, who has autism. When Prince began his involvement in Special Olympics Unified Sports® at Kenmore Middle School, Catherine and Claude’s perceptions changed of what the future would hold for their son. All […]

Deran’s Moment

Deran, a high school athletic director from North Carolina looks off into the distance.

When Deran was younger, he had a childhood friend named Jenny, who had intellectual disabilities. When Deran received the news that Jenny had passed away, he was shocked at how no one seemed to react. His classmates did not care to know Jenny the way he had. This sparked something in Deran: to create inclusion […]

Noah’s Moment

Noah and his best friend Conrad hanging out.

Growing up Noah and his brother Sam, who has intellectual disabilities, had a very estranged relationship. The brotherly bond Noah envisioned was non-existent. This all changed when Noah met Conrad at a Special Olympics Unified Club. Conrad also has intellectual disabilities but through their friendship, it helped Noah understand and embrace differences with both his […]

Ponaganset Senior Projects

Riley a student from Ponaganset High School, dressed in spirit gear and smiling.

At Ponaganset High School, each senior is expected to present on a topic that has significant meaning to them. In 2019, seven seniors chose to make their topics around inclusion and Unified Champion Schools.These students are not just involved in Unified activities but are leaders of their senior class ranging from National Honor Society members […]

Tajha’s Moment

Tajha, a US Youth Ambassador from Florida smiles for the camera while standing in front of a lake.

Tajha Ilerant from Immokalee HS in Florida lost both of her parents at a young age. With such tragedy in her life, Tajha let out her anger and sadness on others and did not know how to channel it. After watching Loretta Claiborne’s speeches, Tajha had a newfound direction; “to be an inspirational speaker, to […]

Be The Change

Sidney and Britney a Unified pair from Hawaii smile for the camera.

Britney and Sidney from Special Olympics Hawaii attended the Youth Leadership Experience as part of the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle. We follow their journey in Seattle but also back home at Maui High School, a Unified Champion School,where they put on an event in their community thanks to a Youth Innovation Grant. […]

Meet #33 – Cody

Cody,a player on the Clovis North Unified soccer team posing for the camera.

Cody is not just an awesome soccer player, he is an artist and a member of the Unified Generation. Clovis Unified is the story of the Clovis North High School Unified Interscholastic Soccer team. An Unified Interscholastic Team is a one made up of students with and without intellectual disabilities that play together through school. […]

Meet #22 – Sydney

Sydney, a player on the Clovis North Unified soccer team posing for the camera.

Sydney is one of the Captains of the Clovis North soccer team. Joining the team gave Sydney a sense of belonging that she did not have before. Clovis Unified is the story of the Clovis North High School Unified Interscholastic Soccer team. An Unified Interscholastic Team is a one made up of students with and […]

Meet #25 – Sean

Sean, a player on the Clovis North Unified soccer team posing for the camera.

Sean always played sports growing up but he didn’t find his community until he joined the Clovis North Broncos. Clovis Unified is the story of the Clovis North High School Unified Interscholastic Soccer team. An Unified Interscholastic Team is a one made up of students with and without intellectual disabilities that play together through school. […]

Clovis Unified

Young man with his team reaching his hand up in the air in triumph.

This is the story of the Clovis North High School Unified Interscholastic Soccer team and their journey to the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle. While being a team that plays together both at a Unified Champion School and as part of Special Olympics, the Broncos develop strong bonds as teammates but also friends. […]