The public is invited to attend the Annual Special Olympics South Carolina End the R-word Statehouse Rally, Tuesday, March 27 at 11:00 a.m. Over 2,000 school-aged students, teachers, administrators, parents from 34 schools from around the state will gather to show their support for Special Olympics South Carolina and their commitment to End the R-word. The program will include entertainment from our Unified Champion Schools as well as moving testimonies from inclusive youth leaders. This year’s theme is “Out of this World”. Schools compete in a banner contest using the theme. Winners will be announced along with a “Spirit Award”.
The End the R-word statehouse rally is an annual event led by a group of student leaders, with and without intellectual disabilities, working together to spread the word about how Special Olympics enriches the lives of our athletes, their families and our thousands of volunteers.
The schools in attendance are part of the Unified Champion School movement which engages more than 260 schools in the state. South Carolina is a leader in the Unified Champion Schools movement, made up of more than 5,000 schools across the country. More than 7,000 students are engaged through Unified Sports in South Carolina. Unified Champion schools have made a commitment to creating a more inclusive and respectful culture for all students, with and without intellectual disabilities. They are embracing their Special Olympics athletes as a vital part of their overall student body, impacting the entire school community. Special Olympics provides resources, funding and technical assistance to these schools as they carry out this unified program. The message of Unified Champion Schools is reaching more than 150,000 students in South Carolina this school year! The State House Rally is a culmination of these advocacy initiatives, allowing students and school leaders to come together as a united, statewide voice.
Special Olympics South Carolina provides year-round athletic training and competition for 28,902 children and adults with intellectual disabilities along with more than 6,000 unified partners without intellectual disabilities. We offer 26 Olympic-type sports and hold more than 400 competitions annually.