Dad Fights to Keep Son with Down Syndrome Playing Ball

More than 6,700 people have signed a petition on Change.org asking high school officials in Michigan to allow a 19-year-old high school student with Down syndrome to play basketball and football during his senior year. Dean Dompierre, whose son, Eric, will be 20 for the 2012-13 academic year at Ishpeming High School - the boy started elementary school later due to his disability - began the campaign after the Michigan High School Athletic Association disqualified Eric for next year, citing a handbook rule that states students are not allowed to participate in any school sports if they are older than 19.

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