New year, even more inclusion! January 2020 UCS Newsletter

Are you interested in taking your youth leadership to the next level? Do you have a passion for inclusion and respect at your school?

The 2020 Special Olympics North America Conference will be held in our backyard this July! Charlotte will host thousands of fans, supporters and leaders in the Special Olympics movement.

Special Olympics North Carolina is currently seeking a Unified pair and one adult mentor to attend the schools and youth track at the 2020 Special Olympics North America Conference. Don't miss your chance to join nearly 200 youth from across the continent in Charlotte.

Deadline to nominate a youth pair and adult mentor is March 31. Selection will be announced April 10.

RJ Reynolds High School goes freezing for a reason!

The Spread the Word: Inclusion Rally has moved to Greensboro from Downtown Raleigh, so we can celebrate inclusion in even cooler ways: with a Cool Schools Polar Plunge!

RJ Reynolds High School of Winston-Salem is making a splash this year by participating in the Cool Schools Polar Plunge and Rally on February 28.

A Cool School is a group of 20 or more students, faculty and staff brave enough to take the dip in freezing cold water to support Special Olympics North Carolina. Each plunger must raise a minimum of $50 toplunge. Schools can choose to do a school-wide fundraiser to help each plunger with this goal.

RJ Reynolds High School's Cool Schools efforts are being led by Coach Sabio, the men’s soccer coach, who has raised over $900 so far!

Check out their fundraising page

Is your school ready to go freezing for a reason?!

Spread the Word: Inclusion Day is March 4

For the past 10 years, Spread the Word to End the Word has started the conversation on respect.

Spread the Word Inclusion is continuing our success through an ongoing effort by Special Olympics, Best Buddies and our supporters to inspire respect and acceptance by advocating for inclusive words and actions so that we can end discrimination of individuals with intellectual disabilities.

The campaign, created and reimagined by youth, is intended to engage schools, organizations and communities to rally and pledge their support for the inclusion and acceptance of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Looking for ideas on how to host a rally in your school or community?

Check out the Spread the Word Inclusion Toolkit!

Special Olympics NC continues to provide Unified Champion Schools with up to $150 in promotional items to host a Spread the Word: Inclusion rally at your school! Ordering is as easy as one, two, three:

1. Select up to $150 of your choice

2. Provide your contact and shipping information

3. Click “submit order”