Hendrickson HS featured in Special Olympics documentary

September 22, 2020


It all started with, “I say yes!”

In March, Hendrickson High School celebrated its recognition as a Special Olympics Unified Champions National Banner School with a banner hanging ceremony. That week a film crew accompanied students and staff and captured the culture of the campus and the Unified Champions program for a documentary series called Unified Beginnings.

On Tuesday, Hendrickson’s episode of Unified Beginnings was released by Special Olympics on GenerationUnified.org. The four-part documentary series tells the story of four different Unified Champions schools and is meant to help other schools learn how to create their own Unified Champions programs and build a culture of inclusion on their campuses.

The nearly six-minute episode tells the history of the Unified Champions program at Hendrickson, how it started with 2020 senior Ronnie Brown’s catchphrase, “I say yes!” and became a movement on campus that welcomed and included students of all abilities.

“I Say Yes!” became the motto of Hendrickson’s Unified Champions and shaped the culture of the campus as students took ownership of the program and guided their campus to find ways to include students with disabilities in all areas of the school.

For that level of inclusion, Hendrickson was recognized as one of the top five schools in the nation for inclusion by Special Olympics and ESPN as a 2019 National Banner School last fall. That recognition culminated with the banner ceremony in March, which will forever hang in the gym letting everyone who enters Hendrickson High School know that students have shaped the culture there.

Generation Unified Links
Unified Beginnings: Hendrickson High School Episode
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