Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kevin McIntyre today announced that Milford High School was recently declared an official Special Olympics national banner Unified Champion School by Special Olympics International. Milford High School is one of only ten schools in Massachusetts and 131 schools nationwide to achieve this status for the 2017-18 school year.
A Special Olympics Unified Champion School has an inclusive school climate and exudes a sense of collaboration, engagement and respect for all members of the student body and staff. A Unified Champion School receiving national banner recognition is one that has demonstrated commitment to inclusion by meeting ten national standards of excellence. These standards were developed by a national panel of leaders from Special Olympics and the education community.
The primary activities within these standards include: Special Olympics Unified Sports® (where students with and without disabilities train and compete as teammates), Inclusive Youth Leadership and Whole-School Engagement. Banner Unified Champion Schools should also be able to demonstrate they are self-sustainable or have a plan in place to sustain these activities into the future.
“Milford High School and the Milford Public Schools pride themselves on being positive and inclusive environments,” said Dr. McIntyre. “Programs like the Special Olympics and Unified Sports benefit everyone in the community and highlight what a special place Milford truly is. I am proud of our faculty, coaches, volunteers, and students who make Unified Sports and Special Olympics come alive at Milford High School every day and we are very appreciative of this honor from the Special Olympics.”
Milford High School will soon receive a banner to recognize being named a Unified Champion School. Special Olympics MA will also be recognizing MHS in a special way at one of their upcoming events this school year.