Special Olympics has named Mount Olive High School as a National Unified Champion School. The honor, awarded to just five high schools in the state, recognizes MOHS’ commitment to inclusion and its unified sports program in which students with and without disabilities train and compete as teammates.  

To be considered a National Unified Champion School, MOHS met 10 standards including the involvement of youth leadership and the organization of school-wide awareness activities that promote inclusion.

“Unified sports provide meaningful experiences for students of all levels,” said Superintendent Robert Zywicki, Ed.D.  “This award from Special Olympics is a testament to the dedication of our high school teachers and staff members who have worked tirelessly to give students with disabilities the comradery and thrill of competition that comes from organized athletics.” 

The unified sports program began four years ago. Soccer, track and field, and basketball are currently offered, coached by Nancy Gilbert and Pam Molfettos. The unified soccer season is set to begin later this month.

Mount Olive High School has a longstanding relationship with Special Olympics. The school has hosted Special Olympics regional activities and has had Special Olympics teams for the past 24 years.

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