From a list of 34 schools around the nation, ESPN is recognizing five exemplary schools as part of the Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools National Recognition Program. These five schools have met the 10 national standards of inclusion and have been nominated by their state Special Olympics program. The schools below will receive a national banner presentation.
ESPN Top 5 schools in alphabetical order by state:
Colorado: Colorado State University
Florida: Miami Southridge Senior High School
Kentucky: Bullitt East High School
Texas: Hendrickson High School
Washington: Fife High School
About Unified Champion Schools: Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools® is a program for schools Pre-K through university 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. To learn more about the program, click here.