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Congratulations to Gwinnett and DeKalb on winning the AAASP/GHSA #WheelchairFootball State Championships!

Congratulations to Gwinnett  and DeKalb on winning the AAASP/GHSA #WheelchairFootball State Championships!
Varsity Division
The Gwinnett Heat won the AAASP/GHSA Varsity Wheelchair Football State Championship over the weekend at Maynard Jackson High School in Atlanta.
It was an intense championship, with the Heat defeating the perennial champs, the Houston County Sharks, 36-34.    The Sharks, which had won the previous seven state titles in the sport, gave the Heat a fight–but the undefeated Gwinnett Heat won the battle, winning their first wheelchair football state championship for the Gwinnett County Public Schools program since winning back-to-back crowns in 2010 and 2011.
The Heat got out in front early;  Seth Earley led all receivers with three touchdown receptions by Will Millikan, including two on critical third-down situations.  Millikan added nine points on three field goals and rushed for one touchdown.  Houston County Sharks played tough in the 2nd half, staging a strong comeback with 21 points, cutting Gwinnett’s lead to two points, but the Heat took over for their last possession with 1:08 left in the game and ran the clock out to lock in the victory.
JV Division
DeKalb wins their first AAASP/GHSA Junior Varsity state championship in #wheelchairfootball; Houston County Junior Sharks take 2nd place.

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.