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AAASP and NFHS Partner to Offer a Free Online Adapted Sports Coaches’ Training Course

New Course Available in NFHS Learning Center for Adapted Sports Coaches – AAASP is proud to partner with the NFHS to offer a FREE online training course, just for coaches…

For the first time, individuals who coach students with physical disabilities have a new resource through “Coaching Adapted Sports, ” an online education course available through the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Learning Center at www.NFHSlearn.com.

Adapted sports is an inclusive education-based sports program, which unites students with a variety of physical disabilities onto teams and follows an interscholastic system of multiple sports seasons. Students participating in adapted sports programs experience positive educational benefits while often gaining improvements in achievement, academic performance, physical development and peer friendships.

“Our goal is to offer courses to meet the needs of all students,” said Dan Schuster, NFHS director of educational services. “We are pleased to offer this course for adapted sports coaches.”

“In previous years, we have offered coursework for individuals who work with those who are intellectually disabled,” Schuster said. “Now, this completes our offerings to include those who support students with physical disabilities.”

“The American Association of Adapted Sports Programs (AAASP) is proud to partner with the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) in creating a step-by-step course for coaches to successfully implement interscholastic adapted sports for students with physical disabilities,” said Bev Vaughn, AAASP executive director and co-founder. “This marks a significant and major milestone in this area of sport development and opens the door to many new and exciting opportunities for these deserving student-athletes to realize their full potential both on and off the court.”

Created in association with the American Association of Adapted Sports Programs (AAASP), “Coaching Adapted Sports” is designed to help coaches learn more about enhancing the education experience for students in adapted sports.

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**To access the course, please click here!

 

2018 AAASP/GHSA #WheelchairFootball State Championships Set!

 

The 2018 AAASP/GHSA Wheelchair Football State Championships will be held on May 5th at Maynard Jackson High School,
801 Glenwood Ave, SE, Atlanta 30312. Admission is free. Come support these unique teams comprised of Georgia students from participating school systems and cheer them on. Learn more about
adaptedSPORTS and the AAASP/GHSA Alliance at www.adaptedsports.org.

FINAL STANDINGS:

Varsity:
1st place – Gwinnett Heat
2nd – Houston Sharks
3rd – Clayton Eagles
4th – WGA Wolverine

Junior Varsity:
1st place – DeKalb Silver Streaks
2nd – Houston Jr. Sharks
3rd – Henry Hurricanes
4th – Muscogee Lions

Game Schedule for 5-5:

Game 1 – 10:00 am – JV Semi – Muscogee vs. DeKalb

Game 1A – 10:00 am – JV Semi – Henry vs. Houston

Game 2 – 12:00 pm – Varsity Semi – WGA Wolverines vs. Gwinnett Heat

Game 2A – 12:00 pm – Varsity Semi – Clayton vs. Houston

Game 3 – 2:00 pm – JV Final – Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 1A

Game 4 – 4:00 pm – Varsity Final – Winner of Game 2 vs. Winner of Game 2A

AAASP Demonstrates Wheelchair Football at 47th Annual National Athletic Directors Conference

AAASP Cofounders and Board members were in Nashville this weekend for the 47th National Athletic Directors Conference, hosted by the National Interscholastic Athletic Directors Association (NIAAA) and the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS).

Attendees had the opportunity to see and participate in AAASP-governed Wheelchair Football. Discussions centered around how this growing adaptedSPORT can be the perfect program for interscholastic and intramural application in America’s schools.

The coaches, parents and athletes who comprise the Houston County Sharks, from Warner Robins, Georgia, were excited to travel to Nashville and share their personal experiences with athletic directors and the nearly 2500 attendees – a record for the NIAAA and the NFHS!

AAASP extends its appreciation to all those involved in making this presentation and demonstration possible. Thank you all for learning about and supporting the inclusion of students with physical disabilities in school-based sports programs.