Ron Davis is a Professor of Adapted Physical Education/Activity at Texas Woman’s University in Denton. Davis is renowned in the field of adapted physical activity with an extensive background in disability sport, from grass roots to elite competition. In addition to his appointment at AAASP, he has served as President Elect, National Consortium for Individuals with Disabilities in PE (NCPERID) 2007-10; JOPERD review board 1998-present; and US Department of Education Grant Reviewer 1994-present.
Davis has written two textbooks on teaching disability and adapted sport in 2002 and 2011 entitled Inclusion Through Sports: A Guide to Enhancing Sport Experiences, and Teaching Disability Sport: A Guide for Physical Educators, respectively published by Human Kinetics, and has penned numerous articles for professional journals. Recently, Davis served as Feature Editor in JOPERD on the topic of the Office of Civil Rights, Dear Colleague Guide for interscholastic sports for students with disabilities. His honors include the Adapted Physical Activity Council Professional Award 2011, Alumni Excellence Award 2002 - University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse; APE Program of the Year Award, Presented by AAHPERD, 2001; and the Hollis Fait Scholarly Contribution Award, Presented by the NCPERID 1997. Davis was also the Director of Athlete Classification, 1996 Atlanta Paralympics.
Through the years, Davis has questioned why programs that support disability sport have not been more successful with younger children.
“I believe the answer to that question is that the programs have not been grounded in a school-based model," said Davis. "It is important to me to see adapted sports more widely available. The school-based approach makes sense and is a reachable goal for school districts.”
Davis will lead the establishment of interscholastic adapted sports in Texas by increasing awareness with key school district administrators, and by recruiting the best professionals to help facilitate the programs. In the long term, he hopes to see a statewide program that emulates the Georgia adaptedSPORTS model. Through Davis’ appointment, Texas joins a growing number of states, including Alabama and New Jersey, who have stepped up their efforts to provide equitable opportunities in athletics for students with physical disabilities attending grades one through 12.
For information about the Texas initiative, contact Ronald W. Davis, Ph.D. at Texas Woman’s University, (940) 898-2589 or firstname.lastname@example.org.