Sports are a civil right for disabled students, U.S. Education Department says

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  • eagle Provo, UT
    Jan. 27, 2013 7:34 p.m.

    A coaching colleague told me of a young man who was hanging out in the wrong crowd, experimenting with drugs. Somehow they got him in the wrestling room. He found his niche, took state. 10 years later he has a PH.D. High school sports changes lives, and one doesn't have to go to the NFL.

    Sometimes it changes lives of ENTIRE families. Sometimes for generations.

    Club and rec sports don't have the same impact. Because this young man found something that he liked and could excel at, he had to keep his grades up to compete and be a part of the team. He was also surrounded by role models that were concerned about him as a person and as a student and as an athlete, instead of just the latter which happens too much at the club/rec level.

    This is not just one success story but one of many, and one doesn't need to be an all-state athlete. There is a story about a disabled young man competing for Jordan HS's wrestling team. He won't take but don't tell his Mom that wrestling didn't change their lives.

  • Junior F. PROVO, UT
    Jan. 25, 2013 10:16 a.m.

    About time they think about OTHERS for a change.

    As far as Andy's comment is concerned; You're saying that an educated person like me who goes to a great college institution who has a disability of cerebral palsy don't have the time nor place to play sports in the gyms of these schools or colleges? I get that education is foremost important and expect the utmost power of learning and being able become a better person for that!! But for your "walking legs" and able self to say that People with Disabilities; DON'T MATTER!! That's like you killing me AND for that you might or could be a nice person. But your comments are heartless and disrespectful to those People with Disability who have an educated mind!! #LoveLifeAsIs

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 25, 2013 10:11 a.m.

    If for example, a person in a wheel chair could consistently win certain running races, then would their wins really be considered wins? If not whats the point?

    Or perhaps they never could win the races.

  • Andy Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 25, 2013 9:18 a.m.

    This makes no sense, especially in a time of falling budgets and failing achievement.

    Kids need skills to make money to service the enormous debt. Sports are games, secondary to real-world work. (I played so spare me the lesson on all we can learn from being on a team etc.I earn more from my degrees than from my sports achievements) Rather than spending millions and millions of dollars modifying fields and locker rooms so one or two additional kids can play games, let's focus on increasing test scores and broadening curriculum to remain competitive in an increasingly competitive world.

  • aunt lucy Looneyville, UT
    Jan. 25, 2013 7:10 a.m.

    I see the day when public education passes athletics to rec and club leagues and tries to meet the increasing pressure to raise academic achievement.