AAASP Demonstrates Wheelchair Football at 47th Annual National Athletic Directors Conference

AAASP Cofounders and Board members were in Nashville this weekend for the 47th National Athletic Directors Conference, hosted by the National Interscholastic Athletic Directors Association (NIAAA) and the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS).

Attendees had the opportunity to see and participate in AAASP-governed Wheelchair Football. Discussions centered around how this growing adaptedSPORT can be the perfect program for interscholastic and intramural application in America’s schools.

The coaches, parents and athletes who comprise the Houston County Sharks, from Warner Robins, Georgia, were excited to travel to Nashville and share their personal experiences with athletic directors and the nearly 2500 attendees – a record for the NIAAA and the NFHS!

AAASP extends its appreciation to all those involved in making this presentation and demonstration possible. Thank you all for learning about and supporting the inclusion of students with physical disabilities in school-based sports programs.

 

 

2016 Adapted Sports Wheelchair Handball Championship

2016 ADAPTED SPORTS WHEELCHAIR HANDBALL STATE FINALS 

What an amazing finish to the 2016 Wheelchair Handball season in Henry County, Georgia, this past weekend!

Henry County Schools and Henry County Parks and Recreation hosted the wheelchair handball tournament at the J.P. Moseley Recreation Center, Stockbridge, GA.  Students representing over 40 varying physical disability groups competed for the interscholastic title of GA state champions.  Game 1 – featured the  WGA Wolverines vs. Gwinnett Heat; Game 2 – featured the DeKalb Silver Streaks vs. Houston Sharks for the right to play in the finals.

The Sharks and the Heat faced each other in the finals this past Saturday, with the Sharks coming out on top as the Wheelchair Handball State Champions for 2016.  Congratulations Houston County Sharks!

(See below for scores).

Thank you for all of the athletes, families, referees, volunteers and fans that gave of their time over this handball season!

Wheelchair Handball State Championships (11-5-16):

1st Round

DeKalb: 5
Houston: 10

WGA: 6
Gwinnett: 7

FINALS-

Houston: 10

Gwinnett: 4

 

AAASP and BlazeSports America Conduct Adapted Sports Workshop for NIRSA Region 2 Conference

Project ASPIRE News:

On October 31, 2016, AAASP and BlazeSports America partnered to offer an adaptive sports workshop for the NIRSA Region 2 conference.  The workshop was held at Georgia State University and included clinic instruction in wheelchair team handball, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair football. School and community adapted sports coaches lent their expertise to teach sports skills, and competition rules.  Participants were able to experience and play each sport during the workshop and learn how they can bring these adapted sports to their colleges and universities.

On behalf of the NIRSA Region 2 host committee, we are extremely appreciative of the support and education provided by the American Association of Adapted Sports Programs (AAASP) and BlazeSports America.  During the conference, they provided a dynamic and insightful Adaptive Sports Clinic for our collegiate professionals working in intramural sports and recreation. Because of this opportunity, our leaders in the field have the skills now to expand opportunities that are welcoming, fun, available, and competitive for all college students with disabilities. The hands on training by the experts in adaptive sports provides the foundation for intramural and recreational sports competitions in a higher education environment. Timber Hines, Director of Recreation and Athletic Facilities/Operations, Emory University, Director Georgia Recreational Sports Association, Host Committee NIRSA Region II, Co-Chair Operations