2019 AAASP Wheelchair Basketball Championships Set for March 8, 2019 at 3:00 PM in Macon!

 

The 2019 American Association of Adapted Sports Programs (AAASP) Wheelchair Basketball Season Is Underway; Championships Set for March 8th at 3 PM in Macon!

 

The American Association of Adapted Sports Programs (AAASP), kicked off the 2019 Wheelchair Basketball Season this past weekend across the state with games beginning Saturday and taking place throughout January and February; it is the 22nd annual interscholastic wheelchair basketball season in Georgia.

 

Students representing over 40 varying physical disability groups are competing this year and range in grades from 1 to 12, though most are middle and high school.  The top teams in the JV and Varsity divisions compete for first and second place titles.  The Semi-Finals Games will be held Saturday, March, 2nd, 2019 by Henry County Schools and Henry County Parks and Recreation at the J. P. Moseley Recreation Center in Stockbridge, GA.at 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM; Junior Varsity Championship Game will be held at 2:00 PM that day.  The Wheelchair basketball season will conclude with the AAASP/GHSA Wheelchair Basketball State Championship taking place as part of the state-wide Championships in Macon, Georgia, on Friday, March, 8th, 2019, at the Macon Coliseum at 3 pm.

 

“We are excited about playing our wheelchair state championship game as the third game of the day on that Friday (March 8),” said Robin Hines, Executive Director, Georgia High School Association.  “I feel it’s important to take this opportunity to expose our fans to athletes who are outstanding and talented. Our hope is that it will be an encouragement for our schools and school districts across the state to provide this opportunity to more kids. And I think this will add to the experience of our wheelchair players to be able to showcase their talents in front of a larger audience.”

 

Teams from the following school districts are participating in the wheelchair team basketball league, under the dual governing alliance with the Georgia High School Association (GHSA), in the GA State Varsity Division –Clayton Eagles, Gwinnett Heat, Henry Hurricanes, Houston Sharks, and the West Georgia Wolverines (Meriwether).  The following three teams are competing in the GA State Junior Varsity Division – DeKalb Silver Streaks, Houston Jr. Sharks and the Muscogee Lions. Click here for the full AAASP #wheelchairbasketball schedule.

 

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 Basketball, for a copy of the rules, or how to start a team in your area, please log on to:  http://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.

 

2017 State Basketball Champs Houston County Sharks recognized at Board Mtg

Adapted Sports’ Houston County Sharks Varsity Basketball Team was recognized during the April Board Meeting for the 2017 State Basketball Championship.

The Shark players were surprised to find the display case in the front lobby of the board office dedicated to the them. The case contains past and present team pictures, championship trophies, and newspaper articles about the Sharks.

Below is the statement that Mr Fred Wilson, chairman of the board, read to the people in attendance.

HOUSTON COUNTY, GA – The Houston County Sharks won the 2017 State Wheelchair Basketball Championship at Stegeman Coliseum at the University of Georgia on March 9. The Sharks beat the West Georgia Wolverines 41 to 26 in the American Association of Adapted Sports Program tournament for the state title. This is the Varsity Sharks’ 19th state wheelchair championship and 5th basketball championship in a row in nine school years.

The game coincided with the Georgia High School Association basketball state championship tournament. Christy Jones, orthopedic impaired teacher, is the area coordinator of the program.  In addition to Jones, the Sharks coaches are: Adapted PE Specialist Dr. Brenda Arnett, Adapted PE Specialist Stephen Roberson, Special Education Teacher Laura Tinsley, and Community Coaches Ryan Brown, and Ben Masters.

Congratulations Sharks!

Sharks Defeat Wolverines in the State Championship Final 41-26

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Houston County Sharks Beat the

West Georgia Wolverines in the 20th Annual

American Association of Adapted Sports Programs

(AAASP) Interscholastic Wheelchair Basketball State Championship Final

 

 

 

The Houston County Sharks defeat the West Georgia Wolverines 41-26 for the title of Adapted Sports Georgia Varsity State Champion this afternoon at Stegeman Coliseum, on the UGA Campus in Athens, Georgia.    The perennial champions showed their experience taking the lead in the first quarter and fighting off the Wolverines to win their 5th state championship in a row this year.  This win came on the 20th anniversary year of the American Association of Adapted Sports Programs, Inc. (AAASP) organization, and its 14th year in partnership with the GHSA.

“We commend our participating Georgia school districts for providing these inclusive opportunities to students  with physical disabilities, as they do for the non-disabled peers. The benefits we’ve seen to these athletes over our 20 year history are just tremendous,”  said Bev Vaughn, Executive Director, American Association of AdaptedSports Programs (AAASP).

TEAM INFO:

Houston County Sharks (Head Coaches Dr. Brenda Arnett and Stephen Roberson)

West Georgia Wolverines (Head Coaches Richard McIntyre and Ric McIntyre –Father & Son)

SCORING:

SHARKS:

Jordan Kozloski, #10, led the Sharks with 24 points on the day; Olando Hicks #22 had 10 points and Braxton Robinsson #11 had 7 points.

WOLVERINES:

Tremmelle Raymond, #13, led the West GA Wolverines in scoring with 16 points.

 

The Houston County Sharks have won five consecutive Adapted Sports Wheelchair Basketball Titles:  2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and now 2017; the West GA Wolverines took the Wheelchair Basketball State Title back in 2007.

*AAASP game was held in conjunction with GHSA boys’ and girls’ finals – see link for details:
http://www.ghsa.net/2017-state-basketball-tournament-schedule-set

AAASP and GHSA have a rich history in the area of athletic programs for students with disabilities and have been honored nationally for their partnership.   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.  Adapted Sports is celebrating its’ 20th Anniversary this year.

The American Association of Adapted Sports Programs (AAASP), headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, is a not-for-profit association dedicated to developing interscholastic adapted sports programs in partnership with national, state, and local educational agencies.  It represents a standardized approach to extracurricular adapted team sports and has developed one of the nation’s most comprehensive school-based athletic programs for students with physical disabilities attending grades 1-12.  For more information, please visit our website at http://adaptedsports.org or join our conversations on Twitter at: @AdaptedSports.

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