West Georgia Wolverines and Atlanta Wolfpack Take State Titles at 2017 AAASP/GHSA State Wheelchair Handball Tournament

The American Association of Adapted Sports Programs (AAASP) hosted the 2017 AAASP/GHSA State Wheelchair Handball Tournament Saturday, November 4th in Henry County at the J.P. Moseley Recreation Center; it was the culmination of the 21st annual wheelchair handball season in Georgia. It was a full day of action, with the West Georgia Wolverines claiming the Varsity #WheelchairHandball State Champion Title, beating the Gwinnett Heat 11-4; and the Atlanta Wolfpack defeating the DeKalb Silver Streaks 15-10 to earn the JV State Title.

GA State Varsity Division
1st place – West Georgia Wolverines
2nd place – Gwinnett Heat

Junior Varsity Division
1st place – Atlanta Wolfpack
2nd place – DeKalb Silver Streaks

Students representing over 40 varying physical disability groups competed, ranging in grades from 1 to 12, most are middle and high school. GHSA formed the nation’s first dual governing alliance with the American Association of Adapted Sports Programs, Inc. (AAASP) in 2001 to pioneer efforts in school athletic programs for students with physical disabilities. Through this alliance, GHSA recognizes AAASP as the governing and sanctioning body for adapted sports programs for Georgia’s schools.

For more information on Wheelchair Handball, for a copy of the rules, or how to start a team in your area, please log on to: www.adaptedsports.org. Schools or districts can learn more about becoming a member of AAASP by contacting us 404-294-0070 or the Georgia High School Association. The next interscholastic sport season will be #WheelchairBasketball, running from November to the end of February/early March 2018.

Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) Joins AAASP Membership

Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) Joins AAASP Membership


At the NSAA Board of Directors Meeting held August 23rd, 2017 in Lincoln, NE the Board moved to have the NSAA join the Adapted Sports Association for the 2017-18 activities year by a vote of 8-0. The board also directed the NSAA staff to create and distribute a survey to all NSAA member schools regarding interest and possible participation in wheelchair track & field.

“This partnership is a great fit for us as we continue to work toward providing inclusive opportunities for students with physical disabilities.  Since this is a new area of sport development for the NSAA, we are confident in knowing AAASP will provide the expertise and guidance in assisting us moving forward.”   Dr. Jim Tenopir, NSAA Executive Director.



September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month!

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month! Get active, stay strong!

One in 3 children in the United States are overweight or obese. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. But… the good news is that childhood obesity can be prevented. In honor of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, AAASP encourages families to make healthy changes together.

Adults with disability are 3x more likely to have a serious chronic disease.
Nearly half of all adults with disability (50%) get no aerobic physical activity.
Obesity rates for adults with disability are 58% higher than for adults without disability.
Obesity rates for children with disability are 38% higher than for children without disability.
Physical activity is 4x lower for children and youth with disability than their peers without disability.
These facts and many more affect the 56 million Americans living with disability, a substantial (20%) portion of the population.

Here are several ways you can make healthy changes together!

• Get active outside: Walk around the neighborhood, go on a bike ride, or play basketball at the park.
• Limit screen time: Keep screen time (time spent on the computer, watching TV, or playing video games) to 2 hours or less a day.
• Make healthy meals: Buy and serve more vegetables, fruits, and whole-grain foods.

Taking small steps as a family can help your child stay at a healthy weight.
For more information, visit https://healthfinder.gov/

    Here are some articles to check out:

PROMOTING PARTICIPATION OF CHILDREN WITH A DISABILITY IN SPORTS: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/121/5/1057.full
HEALTHY MEALS/SNACKS: https://healthymeals.fns.usda.gov/nutrition-education/cooking-kids.
BE ACTIVE 60 MINS A DAY: http://1.usa.gov/3wnZMl
MAKE A FAMILY FITNESS PLAN: http://1.usa.gov/bg6vTr
MORE RESOURCES: https://www.hhs.gov/fitness/resource-center/index.html