Washington HS: A Case Study
Washington High School is a Special Olympics Unified Champion School located in Phoenix, Arizona. Through Unified Sports and inclusive youth leadership opportunities, students and alumni are able to shape their futures. This is large in part due to the foundation that a Unified Champion Schools provides.
There are over 7,500 Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools® in the United States. While they all may look different, they all embody the same three components. They are, Unified Sports, inclusive youth leadership and whole school engagement.
“Washington High School in Phoenix, Arizona, is a Unified Champion School. Their Unified program has taught students critical life skills and values. The Unified program allowed for all students to learn. It also creates a place of acceptance. Joe Hummel, a Special Education teacher, has a son with intellectual disabilities. He wants to do what his son’s teachers have done for him. This is the reason why he started the Unified program. The Unified Club connects students who have disabilities and students who do not. This video made me think more about how Unified shapes a community. I am moved by Joe Hummel’s motivation to start the Program.” – Ilana Drake, UCS Correspondent (New York)
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