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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.

 

2016 Adapted Sports Wheelchair Handball Championship

2016 ADAPTED SPORTS WHEELCHAIR HANDBALL STATE FINALS 

What an amazing finish to the 2016 Wheelchair Handball season in Henry County, Georgia, this past weekend!

Henry County Schools and Henry County Parks and Recreation hosted the wheelchair handball tournament at the J.P. Moseley Recreation Center, Stockbridge, GA.  Students representing over 40 varying physical disability groups competed for the interscholastic title of GA state champions.  Game 1 – featured the  WGA Wolverines vs. Gwinnett Heat; Game 2 – featured the DeKalb Silver Streaks vs. Houston Sharks for the right to play in the finals.

The Sharks and the Heat faced each other in the finals this past Saturday, with the Sharks coming out on top as the Wheelchair Handball State Champions for 2016.  Congratulations Houston County Sharks!

(See below for scores).

Thank you for all of the athletes, families, referees, volunteers and fans that gave of their time over this handball season!

Wheelchair Handball State Championships (11-5-16):

1st Round

DeKalb: 5
Houston: 10

WGA: 6
Gwinnett: 7

FINALS-

Houston: 10

Gwinnett: 4

 

AAASP and BlazeSports America Conduct Adapted Sports Workshop for NIRSA Region 2 Conference

Project ASPIRE News:

On October 31, 2016, AAASP and BlazeSports America partnered to offer an adaptive sports workshop for the NIRSA Region 2 conference.  The workshop was held at Georgia State University and included clinic instruction in wheelchair team handball, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair football. School and community adapted sports coaches lent their expertise to teach sports skills, and competition rules.  Participants were able to experience and play each sport during the workshop and learn how they can bring these adapted sports to their colleges and universities.

On behalf of the NIRSA Region 2 host committee, we are extremely appreciative of the support and education provided by the American Association of Adapted Sports Programs (AAASP) and BlazeSports America.  During the conference, they provided a dynamic and insightful Adaptive Sports Clinic for our collegiate professionals working in intramural sports and recreation. Because of this opportunity, our leaders in the field have the skills now to expand opportunities that are welcoming, fun, available, and competitive for all college students with disabilities. The hands on training by the experts in adaptive sports provides the foundation for intramural and recreational sports competitions in a higher education environment. Timber Hines, Director of Recreation and Athletic Facilities/Operations, Emory University, Director Georgia Recreational Sports Association, Host Committee NIRSA Region II, Co-Chair Operations