Ryerson Elementary Receives ESPN Honor Roll Designation
Earlier this year the Ryerson Unified Sports Team received banner recognition from the CIAC for being a Special Olympics Unified Champion School. The Unified Team at CIAC then unanimously selected Ryerson for the ESPN Honor Roll Designation for 2021. Ryerson Elementary is one of only 25 schools from across the country to be recognized and is the only school in Connecticut to receive such an honor!
On Nov. 4, ESPN and CIAC came to Ryerson Elementary to present the Ryerson Unified Sports program with a plaque and a banner to celebrate the recognition. The whole school came together to celebrate this great achievement.
“Today is a great celebratory moment for our school!” said Ryerson Principal Kelly Spooner. “The success of our Unified Sports program is due to our exceptional staff and students. As a member of the team, it is one of the most joyous and rewarding experiences! Each year our Unified team has brought our learning community together with fun challenges and programs. The inclusivity of this team is at the heart of who we are at Ryerson. It is an honor for us today to be recognized on such a grand platform. Madison is fortunate to have such great people working and learning alongside our future!”
About Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools:
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.