Special Olympics - ESPN Honor Roll for 2021

ESPN has announced the ESPN Honor Roll for 2021 -- a list of top 25 schools from across the country -- as part of its Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools® National Recognition Program. ESPN will then reveal the Top 5 Special Olympics Unified Champion schools on ESPN Citizenship Instagram on Oct. 21 that will receive a national banner presentation.

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. The core of this program is Special Olympics Unified Sports® and activities where students of all abilities play on the same court, same field.  With sports as the foundation, the three-component model of Unified Champion Schools offers a unique combination of effective activities that equip young people with tools and training to create sports, classrooms, and school climates of acceptance.  

Here's the complete list of the 25 schools in alphabetical order named in the 2021 ESPN Honor Roll:

Alaska: Wasilla High School

Arizona: Buckeye Union High School

Colorado: ThunderRidge High School

Connecticut: Ryerson Elementary School

Florida: Florida State University

Illinois: Limestone Community High School

Indiana: North Knox Jr-Sr High School

Iowa: Ankeny Centennial High School

Kansas: Shawnee Mission South High School

Louisiana: Tulane University

Maryland: Twin Ridge Elementary School

Michigan: Waverly High School

Montana: Bozeman High School

New Hampshire: Raymond High School

New Jersey: New Jersey Regional Day

New York: Greater Amsterdam High School

North Carolina: Green Hope High School

Northern California: San Benito High School

Ohio: William Henry Harrison High School

Oklahoma: Idabel High School

South Carolina: Saxe Gotha Elementary School

South Dakota: Castlewood High School

Southern California: Robinson Elementary

Texas: Texas Christian University

Washington D.C.: Garfield Elementary School