Special Olympics Arkansas has honored Bryant High School with national banner recognition for its inclusive school climate in sports and activities for students with and without disabilities. BHS is the first and only school in the state to be named a Unified Champion School! A Special Olympics Unified Champion School is one with an inclusive school climate that provides a sense of collaboration, engagement and respect for all members of the student body and staff.
To achieve this award, BHS successfully met 10 standards of excellence determined by Special Olympics with a focus on United Sports, Inclusive Youth Leadership and Whole-School Engagement. Through the efforts of the Partner’s Club, BHS offers Special Olympics Unified Sports such as volleyball, basketball, golf, football and floor hockey. Club members host pep rallies and volunteer at the Track and Field games in the spring. The group focuses on inclusion and building relationships between those with and without disabilities.
Last year’s Club president, Addie Richards, nominated the school for the very prestigious award. Special Education teacher Carolyn Hays serves as club sponsor.
Thank you Special Olympic athletes, Partner’s Club and BHS student body for making the world a more accepting place for everyone!