Hi, My name is Carol Johnston. I’d like to take a few minutes to tell you about my son, Douglas Johnston. Douglas was born with Erb’s Palsy. Because of his physical handicap Douglas isn’t able to participate in regular sports like his friends. When he was younger we enrolled him in to recreation sports but he spent more time on the sidelines then he did on the field or court.
Douglas became a West Georgia Wolverine, when he was in the 3rd grade. He is 14 years old now and has been with the AAASP organization now for seven years. When Douglas started out he was reading on a Pre-K level and struggling in all his classes. Due to the AAASP no pass- no play policy in Meriwether County Schools, he decided that he would do everything in his power to improve his grades so he could play sports. This organization was just what he needed to push him in a way we couldn’t. Douglas is now taking honor classes. He has achieved many goals due to his part being a Wolverine. The use of the wheelchair to be part of the team has built up the muscle in his arm better than any therapy. Douglas’s self esteem has improved. He is the reporter for the Meriwether Co. chapter of FFA and is a member of the Gentleman’s Club at his school. I believe he wouldn’t have reached these achievements without the ability to be part of AAASP.
Douglas has been able to do so many things as a Wolverine that he would never been able to do on his own. He has played an expo game before the Washington Wizard vs. Atlanta Hawks. He met the Atlanta Hawks team. He has been to a practice for the Atlanta Falcons. He met several of the Falcon teammates as well as their coaching staff. He preformed in a commercial with Patrick Kerney. Douglas went with the Wolverines to San Diego, CA to the Junior National Indoor Wheelchair Soccer Championship. The Wolverines won the JV National Championship. Douglas won three gold medals in Track and Field division of AAASP in 1994. He has several state championships in Indoor Wheelchair Soccer, Wheelchair Football and Wheelchair Basketball. Douglas has been Captain to his team for several years now.
As you can tell, I am very proud of my son and all that he has accomplished. I give credit to his success to him, his family, his coaches Richard McIntyre & Ric McIntyre, the West Georgia Wolverines, Meriwether County Schools and AAASP.
Thank you for listening to me ramble on about my son, Douglas Johnston.