Special Olympics: ESPN Honor Roll for 2018

ESPN honor roll schools for inclusion (1:20)

Kevin Negandhi congratulates the first class of ESPN honor roll schools who are taking their commitment to inclusion to the next level. (1:20)

ESPN has announced the ESPN Honor Roll for 2018 -- a list of top 30 schools from across the country -- as part of its Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools National Recognition Program. ESPN will then reveal the five Special Olympics Unified Champion schools on Sept. 6 that will receive a national banner presentation.

The aim of Unified Champion Schools is to incorporate Special Olympics sports, leadership and related activities that empower the youth to be the agents of change in their communities. Thus, the focus shifts from the events to that of a whole school movement for inclusion. Special education and general education students -- along with educators and administrators -- are encouraged to work together to create supportive classrooms, schoolwide activities and opportunities for growth and success for all. To learn more about becoming a nationally recognition Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools, click here.

Top 30 schools in alphabetical order by state:

Alaska: Robert Service High School

Arizona: George Washington Carver Elementary School

Arkansas: Lincoln High School

California: Warren High School

Colorado: Grandview High School

Connecticut: Bethel High School

Florida: Seabreeze High School

Hawaii: Maui High School

Idaho: Mountain View High School

Illinois: Pontiac High School

Kansas: Bonner Springs High School

Kentucky: Calloway County High School

Maine: Fryeburg Academy

Massachusetts: Auburn High School

Michigan: Brighton High School

Mississippi: University of Mississippi

Nebraska: Millard West High School

New Hampshire: Dover High School

New Jersey: Rowan University

New Mexico: La Cueva High School

North Carolina: Wake Forest High School

Oklahoma: Jay High School

Oregon: Wilsonville High School

Pennsylvania: George Washington High School

Rhode Island: Archie R. Cole Middle School

South Carolina: Mauldin Middle School

Texas: Brady High School

Vermont: Rutland High School

Virginia: Kenmore Middle School

Washington: Wilson High School