Disabled won't harm sports

  • Article by: ELIZABETH R. SCHILTZ
  • Updated: February 3, 2013 - 5:24 PM

Ruling that says schools should give disabled students a chance at athletics isn't an example of political correctness run amok. Here's why.

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davehougFeb. 3, 13 6:56 PM

but they must make easy changes that would let a student with a disability satisfy those standards, such as giving a hearing-impaired student a visual cue to signal the start of a race in a track meet. - - WHO thinks the courts will keep school obligations at that level????

bgronniFeb. 3, 13 8:12 PM

Not an example of Political Corretness? Its a prime example.

skearthFeb. 3, 13 9:18 PM

What is wrong with giving special need kids a chance to experience the benefits of sports? We pay the same taxes and the same $210 fee ( for only 2 days a week, vs the 5 or 6 days a week the "regular" athletes get) as the other athletes. I can understand someone who wants all sports to be out of schools because they dont want to pay taxes for them ( though I don't agree), but if society thinks co-curricular activities help mold children into better adults, then the same is true for disabled athletes. FYI. I am the dad of Bailey, who to our surprise was on the cover of the Star-tribune and the picture for this story. We have so many people,who support our athletes, and I am grateful that my daughter had the chance to play adaptive sports. Greg Miller

rudo1212Feb. 3, 1310:18 PM

If you want to look at foolhardy decisions regarding athletics, look no further than the damage done by Title IX. The effort to be "fair" turned out to be anything but fair to the programs that had to be eliminated.

mdcastleFeb. 3, 1310:41 PM

No one ever admits to being politically correct. It's just "I know it when I see it." And I see it.

awblnewFeb. 3, 1310:54 PM

Those who complain clearly do not understand why high school sports exist. It's not professional or private, club sports. It is purely an extension of school programming. That some kids excel in sports is wonderful but not the purpose of high school athletics. Student athletes learn skill sets from their coaches and team members just as they would learn different content in a classroom. Disabled athletes have the same right to participate (literally) and learn these skill sets as non-disabled athletes. That some folks can't or won't see this speaks volumes about their priorities.

mossisleFeb. 3, 1310:55 PM

When rudo1212 brought up Title IX, he just helped me realized I need to support disabled athletes just like I supported my 2 daughters who greatly benefited from Title IX.

awblnewFeb. 3, 1311:56 PM

From Walter "sweetness" Payton, one of the best in the game of football “If you ask me how I want to be remembered, it is as a winner. You know what a winner is? A winner is somebody who has given his best effort, who has tried the hardest they possibly can, who has utilized every ounce of energy and strength within them to accomplish something. It doesn't mean that they accomplished it or failed, it means that they've given it their best. That's a winner.”

mohawk1953Feb. 4, 13 6:20 AM

I've got no problem with having sports programs for all. The problem with this is that it's another edict from the Feds to the states to spend money they don't have. Same deal as the leave no child behind fiasco.

freedubayFeb. 4, 13 7:30 AM

As a parent you want you child to have every opportunity as the next child. Fact is some kids aren't as smart or athletically inclined as others. (in my case, both). I never made the team at school but played after school in rec programs. Never made the honor roll but still went to college and graduated. Why do we feel that if our kid doesn't get a trophy we sue? Sports is a mean animal. Life is short enjoy it.


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