ESPN recognizes Service High Special Education Program

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) — The worldwide leader in sports announced its ESPN Honor Roll for 2018, and on that list was Alaska’s very own Service High School.

The Cougars were recognized as one of the top 30 schools across the nation for it's Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools National Recognition Program.

“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,” according to

For the past five years the school has successfully incorporated its SHS Partners Club and special education classes with the Cougars Hockey Team for a Superhero Game during the season.

The hockey team hands out the special superhero-themed jerseys to the kids that will be honored at the game. Later – right before the game – the students and players will swap jerseys in front of the crowd. Afterward, the game the jerseys are auctioned off, with all proceeds going to SHS Partners Club.

On Sept. 6, the top five Special Olympics Unified Champion schools are chosen, and will receive a national banner presentation.

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