, the Illinois High School Association announced the launch Tuesday, June 12, of a state finals pilot program in certain sports for disabled student-athletes, the Aledo Times Record reports.
This two-year program, which begins in the 2012-13 school year, will be centered on cross country, bowling, swimming and diving, and track and field, and will give student-athletes with disabilities more ways to compete in parallel events at IHSA state finals, the report stated.
The IHSA already has accommodations for student-athletes with prosthetics, in wheelchairs and with visual or hearing impairments who compete in high school sports, the report said.
“I love to play golf, and the IHSA has given me the opportunity to train and compete alongside my teammates,” Matthew Juskie, a Frankfort resident and legally blind golfer at , told the Times Record. Juskie has been allowed by the IHSA to use a spotter in competitions.
“Not only am I grateful to have that opportunity, but I’m also very glad that the IHSA is taking steps to make other student-athletes aware that these kind of opportunities are out there for anyone who wants to work hard and compete.”
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