SUTHERLIN, Ore. - On Monday, October 23, Sutherlin High School became one of only 38 schools in the nation to be a Unified Champion School.
The "Unified Club" at Sutherlin is a club for people of all abilities to be able to come together and take part in activities. For example, they form sports teams and compete against schools with similar programs.
Being designated as a Unified Champion School means that the Special Olympics recognized their program as exceptionally good. Only four schools in Oregon have received this.
Staff and students said that the Unified Club has made their school feel more inclusive and safe. They believe that every school should have a program like this.
It would also help them out if more schools had this program, according to the Unified advisor, Tracie McKnight.
”One of the things that we want is we want special Olympics at the high school to be just like every other sport, and to do that we need more schools to play. So to see the growth that’s happening, I’m really excited to see so that we can be more and more like a regular school sport as more schools get on board.”