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NFHS Leadership Honored at AAASP/GHSA Wheelchair Basketball Championship Game

 

Dr. Karissa Niehoff, Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations and Sandy Searcy, Director of Sports for the National Federation of State High School Associations honored during half-time of the 2019 AAASP/GHSA State Wheelchair Basketball Varsity Championship Game in Macon.

A very special moment was captured in Macon last week, when NFHS and GHSA Leadership gathered at the AAASP/GHSA Championship Game.  Pictured in the photo above (L to R) Ernie Yarbrough, Assistant Director of the Georgia High School Association, Dr. Karissa Niehoff, Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations (and the first woman to hold the position), Dr. Robin Hines, Executive Director of the Georgia High School Association and Sandy Searcy, Director of Sports for the National Federation of State High School Associations. GHSA leadership presented  commemorative team autographed game balls to the NFHS leadership during half-time of the 2019 AAASP/GHSA State Wheelchair Basketball Varsity Championship Game, part of the GHSA High School State Basketball Finals at Macon Coliseum, Macon GA (03/08/19).  GHSA and the American Association of Adapted Sports Programs (AAASP) formed an interscholastic alliance in 2001 and partner together to insure GA students with a qualifying physical disability have access to sports in their schools or school district.

 

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.