Congratulations to the 2019 AAASP ASPIRE Awards Winners!

The American Association of Adapted Sports Programs is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 AAASP ASPIRE Awards last night at the ASPIRE Awards Banquet at the Renaissance Concourse Atlanta Airport Hotel.

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All of our nominees were amazing; congratulations to this year’s honorees:
Outstanding Male Athlete – Jesse Cochran, West Georgia Wolverines, Meriwether County, GA and O’lando Hicks, Houston County Sharks, Houston County, GA

Outstanding Female Athlete– Samantha Redd, Clayton County Eagles, Clayton County, GA

Advocacy Award – Delton Schoates, DeKalb County, GA; Beth McLaughlin, Houston County, GA; Dr. Zabrina Cannady, Houston County, GA; Christy Jones, Houston County, GA and Dr. Mark Scott, Houston County, GA

Outstanding Senior Award – Samuel Milliken, Gwinnett Heat, Gwinnett County, GA

School-Based Program – Atlanta Wolfpack, Atlanta Public Schools, Atlanta, GA, and Cibola High School, Albuquerque, NM

Media Award – Gil Tyree, Sports Talk at the Positive Pub, Voice America

Community Based Program – Oglebay Institute’s School of Dance, Wheeling, WV

Gail Hendricks Volunteer Award – Ricardo Applewhite, The Gail Hendricks Volunteerism Award, Clayton County Eagles, Clayton County, GA

Founders Award – Leslie Sweatman, Ben Harbin, Dr. Ralph Swearngin, Ellen Williams, and Dr. James R. Hines.

Service Award – 20+ Years – Robyn Hootselle

Special thanks to our special guests, emcee and host, Sam Crenshaw (GPB, 92.9 the Game, Atlanta City TV, voice of Georgia State Basketball on ESPN3, and guest speaker, #1 International MegaSuccess TedX Speaker and TV Host, the Unstoppable Tracy Schmitt, as well as our sponsors for making the evening possible:

Kyocera, the Renaissance Concourse Atlanta Airport Hotel, the Georgia Department of Education, Flaghouse, the Georgia High School Association, the AAASP Board of Directors, the National Alliance of Black Interpreters-Atlanta Chapter, Michelle Sims, Floors Sag or Shake?, and Emily and Aloyce Shaw.

For the full list of nominees, and general info on the event, click on the link below:

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, 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: .  Schools or districts can learn more about becoming a member of AAASP by contacting us 404-294-0070 or the Georgia High School Association.