Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Special Olympics Awards Three Pasco County Schools National Recognition

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (October 2, 2018) – Special Olympics named Land O’ Lakes High School, Longleaf Elementary School, and Seven Springs Middle School  2018 National Banner Unified Champion Schools.  Each school will receive a commemorative banner that will be hung on campus to highlight this great, national achievement.

A National Banner School must meet ten standards of excellence among four categories including unified sports, inclusive youth leadership, whole-school engagement, and sustainability.

These ten standards of excellence are:

  1. Unified Sports is offered in at least two seasons throughout the school year.
  2. Unified Sports participation occurs regularly over the course of each sport season or school term and includes competition.
  3. An adult coach for each sport has received training on Special Olympics Unified Sports.
  4. Unified Sports is officially recognized by the school in a similar style as other athletics and activities.
  5. A Unified Club or student group offers leadership opportunities and training for students with and without intellectual disabilities.
  6. The inclusive club meets at least once per month throughout the school year.
  7. The inclusive club has an adult liaison and is officially recognized by the school in a similar style as other clubs.
  8. At least two whole-school engagement activities are implemented per school year.
  9. Students with and without disabilities are involved with planning and leading the awareness activities.
  10. The school is currently self-sustainable or has a plan in place to sustain the three components into the future.

The ten standards of excellence listed above were developed by a national panel of leaders in education and Special Olympics. When a school meets the standards, it is eligible to receive national banner recognition.

Click here to learn more about the National Banner Unified Champion School program.