Innovators of the Week: Sol and Ocean

The following post was written by Sol and Ocean, two Special Olympics Youth Leaders from Hawaii. The pair make it their mission to strengthen inclusion in their community. Check out how they #innovateforinclusion!



Our idea for our Innovation Grant project was to create a mini-documentary about how we became a Unified Champion School. We thought that it would be a good idea to show people how a small school in rural Oahu could participate in Special Olympics activities and help everyone.


Many people with and without intellectual disabilities are bullied in school. This is a real problem. Special Olympics helps solve this problem because it helps us understand each other. We wanted to show how everyone can get along and how the school can make sure that everyone feels welcome. We chose to do a documentary on our school because Unified Champion Schools are about the entire school working together to accept each other’s differences.


We worked hard filming and editing our teams’ competitions all year. We also had to film how our school is inclusive all year long. It was a lot of work to decide what to put in the video.


We learned that we became a Champion School this year. We will be having our awards assembly next month where the entire school will watch our video. We are also sharing our video with our superintendent, state representative, and senator.


We are proud to have made our video. We didn’t know how to film and edit, but we learned along the way. We also feel proud that our school is a Unified Champion School. This year we will share our journey with other schools and we will share our video with them. We hope this will inspire other schools to become Champion Schools too.


Keep up with Sol and Ocean’s activities at their Unified Champion School here.


The 2018–2019 Special Olympics Youth Innovation Grant initiative is supported through partnerships with Hasbro, Inc., The Samuel Family Foundation, the Office of Special Education Programs at the United States Department of Education, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the Kantar Group, the Microsoft Corporation, Lane Global Youth Leadership, and the Lions Clubs International Foundation. Learn more about these inspiring projects at SpecialOlympicsGlobalYouthProjects.org.