Anne Arundel County, MD – Three Anne Arundel County Public Schools have been recognized by the Special Olympics for their commitment to inclusion through athletics and other endeavors. The schools are among just five in Maryland and 173 across the United States to earn the distinction from Special Olympics.

Northeast, Old Mill, and Southern high schools have been named National Banner Unified Champion Schools.

The schools’ Unified Sports Programs offer co-ed tennis, bowling, and bocce ball programs for students with special needs. Students are given a chance to represent their school in a competitive sports and participate in school events, such as team picture day, pep rallies, and sports awards banquets.

Teams are constructed in such a way as to provide training and competition opportunities that meaningfully challenge and involve all athletes. 

“What these three schools – and all of our high schools – are demonstrating through our Unified Sports program and other initiatives is our #AllMeansAll motto in action,” Superintendent George Arlotto said. “The life-changing lessons our students are learning through programs such as this cannot be taught from a textbook. They must be experienced, and I am incredibly proud at the way our schools are offering those experiences to our students.”