H-F named Illinois Unified Champion School


Special Olympics Illinois is proud to announce that Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Area 7 Unified Champion School Award.

Special Olympics Unified Champion School is an education- and sports-based strategy powered by an engaged youth community that increases athletic and leadership opportunities for students with and without intellectual disabilities. All of this success helps to create communities of acceptance for all.

In Illinois there are currently 210 Unified schools across the state. Each of these schools utilizes provided tools and resources to create inclusive school communities through Unified sports, leadership opportunities and whole-school involvement activities. Many schools across the state are empowering their students to engage in these opportunities and become true agents of change.

Special Olympics Illinois says it is thrilled to work with Homewood-Flossmoor as the school has risen to the top of the class, providing true inclusive experiences to their students and excelling in all three categories of Unified Champion Schools activities: soccer, basketball and physical education. The Unified program at Homewood-Flossmoor is led by David Dore, Special Education teacher, and Kathy Dreger, director of Special Education.

According to Special Olympics Illinois, Homewood-Flossmoor has gone above and beyond to activate students and give them the tools, skills, dispositions and opportunities to build change and encourage a true culture of inclusiveness.

For more information about the Unified Champion School program, please contact Jennifer Marcello, director of Young Athletes / Unified Champion Schools, at jmarcello@soill.org.