National Champion Unified School

H-F renamed National Champion Unified School
Posted on 12/01/2022
Image of Special Olympics BasketballBecause of its commitment to inclusion, Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School was renamed a National Unified Champion School by Special Olympics in September. H-F is one of only two schools in the state of Illinois to receive this status. Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools is a program for preschools through universities that intentionally promotes meaningful social inclusion by bringing together students with and without intellectual disabilities to create accepting school environments, utilizing three interconnected components: Special Olympics Unified Sports, inclusive youth leadership and whole-school engagement.


The Unified program at Homewood-Flossmoor includes four competitive sports — Unified Soccer, Unified eSports Unified Basketball and Unified Track & Field — and a physical education course: Unified PE. The program is led by Katie Rice, instructional assistant; Gail Smith, director of Activities; Dr. Angela Taylor, director of Special Education; and David Dore, Special Education department chair.


"This is a tremendous honor, and it affirms our communities' commitment to diversity and inclusion for all students,” says Dore. “This honor is not something that is awarded for a one-time event, but rather for an ongoing, sustained and collective commitment towards inclusion."


H-F was first named a Champion School during the 2018-19 school year. The school’s status was recently renewed as H-F has maintained its commitment to inclusion and for consistently meeting the 10 standards of inclusion, set forth by Special Olympics North America. For more information about the Unified Champion School program, please visit www.specialolympics.org/what-we-do/youth-and-schools/unified-champion-schools.