• YMCA to Host Wheelchair Sports Clinic

    by Megan Thorne April 2016

    The Indiana State Games and the Downtown YMCA will host a badminton and shuffleboard event for veterans and people older than 50 who use wheelchairs.

  • Mother of Son with Autism Sues for Locker Room Access

    by Jason Scott April 2016

    The city of Detroit was recently compelled to change its policy regarding recreation center locker rooms after being sued for discrimination by the mother of a boy with autism.

  • Unified Sports Programs Benefit Kids, Communities

    by Kevin Thomas March 2016

    In the world of "unified" basketball, a sport co-sponsored by Special Olympics and the Maine Principals' Association. Unified teams are a combination of athletes (students with developmental disabilities) and partners (students without disabilities) who help keep the flow of the game going.

  • Buddy Sports Program Builds Skills, Confidence

    by Faran Fagen March 2016

    For Eric Verh, the confidence his daughter found shooting baskets, scoring goals and touchdowns, and crossing the finish line, has filled his heart with joy. Before Verh, of Boca Raton, discovered Parkland Buddy Sports, Madison didn't have the opportunity to play sports at a competitive level. Now, with the assistance and encouragement of her Buddy, Madison plays basketball, soccer, tennis, flag football and takes part in running.

  • Event Helps Athletes with Disabilities Find Activities

    by Rosalie Rayburn March 2016

    UNM's Adapted Sports Festival is right around the corner. The free event featuring an array of sports for adults and children with disabilities will feature everything from wheelchair basketball to adapted CrossFit

  • Adaptive Sports Give Wounded Vets Chance to Compete

    by Howard Altman March 2016

    Sitting on the floor of the MacDill Air Force Base gym, Army Sgt. Lauren Montoya swats a red, white and green volleyball across the net, where another group of men and women are sitting on the floor waiting to swat it back. All the while, her teammates, opponents and the audience in the stands whoop it up.

  • Sign Language Interpreter Helps Youth Hoops Players

    by Ben Calwell March 2016

    On Monday evenings, Brittany Halstead laces on her sneakers and makes sure her hands are limber. The Scott Depot resident's hands and feet get quite a workout when she assists her husband, Sam, during youth basketball practice at Maranatha Fellowship in St. Albans. Brittany provides sign language interpretation for three players with hearing loss on one of Maranatha's All-Star Youth Basketball League teams. She is also one of the interpreters for the deaf and hard of hearing during church services at Maranatha.

  • League Provides Opportunity for Kids with Disabilities

    by Rory O'Sullivan February 2016

    The crack of a bat and cheering crowds at Blair Park in San Bernardino on Saturday mornings may deserve a closer look. These athletes have special needs: They're either in wheelchairs, blind or, like Andy Scroggins, 17, have Down syndrome.

  • School Expands Opportunities for Adaptive Sports

    by Linda Hall February 2016

    "Let's go, students; let's go!" was the chant projected from the bleachers and seating along the floor of the Edgewood Middle School gym on Wednesday afternoon for Ohio's first school-based wheelchair basketball team game.

  • MIAA Promotes Adaptive Sports Initiative

    by Takara Scott-Johnston November 2015

    The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association is launching an initiative to promote participation in adaptive sports. This initiative follows in the footsteps of the Eastern College Athletic Conference, which this fall became the first collegiate conference to offer NCAA-sanctioned events and varsity-level competition for adaptive sports. According to The Boston Globe, an email containing an outline of the initiative was sent out last week to Massachusetts principals and athletic directors.