Outstanding AAASP Athletes Recognized this Spring!

 

Outstanding AAASP Athletes Recognized this Spring!

Congratulations to the following athletes that were recognized by several different organizations for being outstanding student athletes in their fields!

 

 

SAM MILLIKAN – Gwinnett Heat 

Congratulations to Gwinnett Heat’s Sam Millikan for being recognized at the Gwinnett County Public Schools’ Outstanding Senior Athlete Banquet!

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JESSE COCHRAN – West Georgia Wolverines

Congratulations to Jesse Cochran — Jesse has been named the Most Positive Adapted Sports Athlete in South Atlanta! He is being recognized as a regional winner through Positive Athlete Georgia for the 2018-2019 school year. Jesse is a Junior at The Lighthouse School and plays for the West Georgia Wolverines. Way to go, Jesse!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEVIN WHITE – DeKalb Silver Streaks

Congratulations to Devin White –  he has been named the Positive Athlete Georgia Most Positive Athlete in Atlanta for Adapted Sports!  Born 10 weeks early, Devin White has beat the odds in life. He has lead the DeKalb Silver Streaks Adapted Sports team to three state championships in basketball and football. Not bad for a kid who doctors said would never walk, talk or hear. Devin was born 10 weeks early, weighing just three pounds, three ounces. Despite all of the medical challenges Devin has faced, he has never given up and he is always encouraging others to continue to fight.

Devin is a sophomore at Druid Hills High School with a 3.682 GPA. He is passionate about giving back to organizations that truly support children with special needs and volunteers in his community with the March of Dimes, The Heart Walk, and the Breast Cancer Walk.

Devin would like to be a sports commentator and/or physical education teacher after he completes college. His future college aspirations are to attend Clemson University or Duke University.

He has had a long journey, but he’s doing well. He still has some medical challenges, but he is fighting and beating the odds every day. Monica White, PHR

Houston County Sharks’ own Jordan Kozloski signs with University of Arizona to play Wheelchair Basketball!

Our own, Jordan Kozloski, signed with Arizona to play Wheelchair Basketball. Here is more on her extraordinary journey and how she came to lose her leg at age two. Once on the site, click on Jordon’s photo – third row, far right. http://www.hcbe.net/?L=2&DivisionID=%2715758%27&DepartmentID=%2728260%27&TabNo=2

Jordan has been with AAASP and the Houston Co. Sharks since 2nd grade (pictured then with coach Christy Jones). It’s not unusual for our Georgia athletes to spend their entire school careers on teams governed under the AAASP/GHSA Alliance. Jordan is very fortunate. Because of your efforts in support of AAASP.org, she has always had opportunities. Living in a state with interscholastic adapted sports at school is rare indeed. We estimate more than a million kids are sidelined due to a disability because their school system lacks the resources it needs or does not contemplate the unique needs of a physically disabled student in sport.

Congrats to Jordan and all our kids who AAASPIRE to live an extraordinary life – a unique and wonderful life that just happens to include a disability.  Check out more on Jordan here:

WMAZ feature

 

We also want to thank the state representatives and senators who have worked tirelessly for two decades now to insure these programs remain available. Thank you Ben Harbin, Steve Henson, Nan Grogan Orrock, Gloria Singleton Butler, Mary Margaret Oliver, Butch Miller, Terry Coleman and Governors Barnes, Perdue and Deal.

And of course, thanks to all our friends and leaders at GHSA and the GA Department of Education. You’ve all made this possible for all our Jordans. #adaptedsports

To help support future athletes working towards the same opportunity, please text “AAASP” to 41444 and make a donation today. Thank you!

NFHS Leadership Honored at AAASP/GHSA Wheelchair Basketball Championship Game

 

Dr. Karissa Niehoff, Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations and Sandy Searcy, Director of Sports for the National Federation of State High School Associations honored during half-time of the 2019 AAASP/GHSA State Wheelchair Basketball Varsity Championship Game in Macon.

A very special moment was captured in Macon last week, when NFHS and GHSA Leadership gathered at the AAASP/GHSA Championship Game.  Pictured in the photo above (L to R) Ernie Yarbrough, Assistant Director of the Georgia High School Association, Dr. Karissa Niehoff, Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations (and the first woman to hold the position), Dr. Robin Hines, Executive Director of the Georgia High School Association and Sandy Searcy, Director of Sports for the National Federation of State High School Associations. GHSA leadership presented  commemorative team autographed game balls to the NFHS leadership during half-time of the 2019 AAASP/GHSA State Wheelchair Basketball Varsity Championship Game, part of the GHSA High School State Basketball Finals at Macon Coliseum, Macon GA (03/08/19).  GHSA and the American Association of Adapted Sports Programs (AAASP) formed an interscholastic alliance in 2001 and partner together to insure GA students with a qualifying physical disability have access to sports in their schools or school district.