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October 2019 UCS Newsletter

When Deran Coe, Director of Athletics for Wake County Public Schools was younger, he had a childhood friend named Jenny, who had intellectual disabilities.

"Why didn't more people know her like I know her?"

After receiving the news that Jenny had passed away, Deran noticed that it affected him more deeply than his classmates . This sparked something in Deran: He wanted to create inclusivity in schools.

Congratulations to the 2018-19 class of Special Olympics National Banner Schools!

Special Olympics North Carolina has nearly 400 official Unified Champion Schools across the state. We are incredibly proud to announce that seven Unified Champion Schools in North Carolina received Special Olympics national banner recognition for their commitment to inclusion. The seven schools receiving national banner status are:

A Unified Champion School receiving national banner recognition has demonstrated a commitment to inclusion by achieving the 10 national standards. These standards are based upon the three over-arching components that include Special Olympics Unified Sports®, Inclusive Youth Leadership and Whole-School Engagement.

Do you think your school has what it takes to become a national banner school? Learn more about the national banner recognition program and the 10 standards to meet here!

And what's more...

Out of the 173 schools across the U.S. receiving national banner recognition, Special Olympics Unified Sports partner, ESPN, is distinguishing the top program in each state as a part of the ESPN Honor Roll.

Congratulations, David W. Butler High School on being named the top Unified Champion School in North Carolina by ESPN!

Check out the announcement by ESPN's Kenny Mayne

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Go freezin' for a reason!

What better reason to plunge than for inclusion?!

The 2020 Special Olympics North Carolina Spread the Word: Inclusion rally will be Friday, February 28, at Wet 'n Wild Emerald Pointe in Greensboro. Special Olympics NC Unified Champion Schools will rally AND plunge for inclusion this year.