Should the IHSA Create Different Sports Programs for Disabled Students?

A new committee met this week to discuss new opportunities for student-athletes with disabilities, the Chicago Tribune reports. What do you think about the idea?

A seven-member committee created by the Illinois High School Association met for the first time this week to look at creating more chances for disabled student-athletes to compete, the Chicago Tribune reports.


One of the ideas thrown out the meeting was a state track meet for disabled students, the report said. Marty Hickman, the IHSA executive director, told the Tribune:  

A number of states are doing some things in track and field. Some are doing unified programs like the Special Olympics. ... Kids who participate in interscholastic athletics benefit from that, and we want to provide as many opportunities as possible.

One person who was happy about the IHSA's efforts was sophomore. The IHSA bends its rules and allows Juskie to compete with a spotter. 

"I think it's great," Juskie told the Tribune. 

WHAT DO YOU THINK? Should the IHSA create separate sports competitions for students with disabilities? Take our poll and share your thoughts in the comments section.

john bruno April 19, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Absolutely not. With so many school districts in financial distress, there is no need to start expensive programs (with coaches, equipment, field use, etc.,) for so few kids in each school district.
Janks April 19, 2012 at 11:24 PM
I refuse to believe that we, as a society, should alienate disabled students because it costs too much. The article doesn't say every school or even every district, it would be a regional thing where the kids could compete and even go to compete at a state level. You could easily pay for the program by cutting the salaries of some of the School Board Members across the state.
Nick Dangles April 20, 2012 at 12:47 AM
I think that's a great idea. They could make an all Lincoln-Way area combined team to save on cost and as part of our participation in our sports we could be required to help out and further save on cost maybe by helping with fundraising or helping on filed with ref's. Why shouldn't they have every opportunity to play. Just my opinion.
Janks April 20, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Volunteering would help, and there's nothing that says the ref's and fields couldn't be used at existing Schools. It can and should be done, as long as it's done in a cost effective manner. They COULD also start up a charity to where people could donate to help out with costs.
Special Parent April 26, 2012 at 06:16 PM
You obviously have not looked around your community and seen how many kids could benefit from this. Go on living in your "Lala Land" and hopefully you will never have a child or family member that could benefit from such programs. Your comments are disgraceful.-


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