Mead HS: A Case Study

Mead High School is a Unified Champion School in Longmont, Colorado, about an hour outside of Denver. The school has grown exponentially over the decade it has been open which has expanded the opportunities within its Unified programming. The film centers on Noah, a student with intellectual disabilities who has been able to find his place through sports, friendships and an improved school climate.

“Mead High School is a Unified Champion School where everyone is equal, respected, and part of the community. Like the Unified Generation and inclusion, Mead High School includes everyone and allows everyone to have a voice within the school. My favorite part of the video is when Noah was playing basketball and that he was the lead scorer–that’s awesome! Mead High School is an example of how Unified sports can change the culture of a school for the better and bring out the best in students and faculty.” —Kyle Norman and Jazlyn Young, US Youth Ambassadors.

There are over 6,500 Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools® in the United States. While they all may look a bit different, they all embody the same three components: Unified Sports, Inclusive Youth Leadership and Whole School Engagement. This video is part of a larger collection of Case Studies highlighting various Unified Champion Schools and the ways they implement inclusive programming. Watch these videos if you are interested in learning what Special Olympics looks like in schools.