Leslie Sweatman has been an integral part of the American Association of adaptedSPORTSTM Programs (AAASP) since its incorporation in 1996, wherein she served as a founding member of the AAASP Board of Directors. Sweatman is a respected authority in the field of youth adapted sports and is a principle trainer for AAASP’s coaches’ training program. Sweatman served as AAASP’s State Coordinator for over nine years and currently works as an Adapted P.E. teacher in the Walton County, Georgia school system.
In 1988, Sweatman graduated from West Georgia College, magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in education, majoring in special education with a concentration in mental retardation. That year she began working in the DeKalb County School System and by 1989, she was working with AAASP’s co–founder Bev Vaughn in the DeKalb Adapted Sports Program. In 1990, she graduated from Georgia State University, summa cum laude with a master of education degree, majoring in multi–handicapped with a concentration in orthopedically impaired. Additionally, she added “physically handicapped” expertise to her teacher’s certification and has earned her certification in health and physical education.
Sweatman is co–author for many of AAASP’s training and coaching publications and has co–authored an article titled “Systematic Selection of Adaptations for Students with Muscular Dystrophy” in The Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities. She is Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) color commentator for the AAASP Georgia Wheelchair Basketball Championship held in conjunction with the GHSA state high school basketball championships. She has received the “Meritorious Practices” and “Teacher of the Year” awards from the DeKalb County School System. She has served as the historian and secretary in the Student Council for Exceptional Children and has been a member of the National Education Association and the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.