On Friday, the Special Olympics and ESPN recognized Kenmore Middle School as a National Banner Special Olympics Unified School.
Kenmore was one of only five schools in the country to be selected for its inclusive sports and activities for students with and without disabilities.
Special Olympics reports 88 percent of U.S. teachers says the program reduces bullying in schools. 84 percent of students say participation in the program has been a “turning point in their lives.”
“It’s the biggest program that anybody has anywhere for engaging and bringing together the two populations,” said Rick Jeffrey, president of Special Olympics Virginia.
Special Olympics’ goal is to recognize 10,000 champion schools by 2020.