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Competitive Interscholastic Wheelchair Basketball Offered in Stark County

Date posted: June 25, 2018

Competitive Interscholastic Wheelchair Basketball Offered in Stark County

On a daily basis, disabled individuals face barriers to healthy living – physical limitations, lack of accessible environments and a lack of resources and community support. Studies have shown that an inactive lifestyle for disabled individuals can lead to other negative conditions such as obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and other serious conditions. Founded in 2009, the Adaptive Sports Program of Ohio (ASPO) aims to break down those barriers and promote health and wellness of individuals with physical disabilities by offering competitive and recreational adaptive sport opportunities.

Based in Dalton, ASPO changes the lives of those typically sidelined in sport. The nonprofit offers a variety of adaptive sports including power soccer, kayaking, sled hockey, softball, track, basketball and rugby. These growing programs are available in Stark, Summit, Wayne, Lucas, Mahoning and Franklin counties.

In Stark County specifically, ASPO offers sled hockey to anyone with a physical disability four years old and up – with currently over 30 adult and youth athletes participating. Because inclusion is extremely important for students with disabilities in school athletics, ASPO recently launched competitive interscholastic wheelchair basketball in collaboration with five school districts, two of which are located in Stark County – the Massillon Wheelchair Tigers and Plain Local Wheelchair Eagles.

ASPO has become the largest Ohio organization offering community-based, adaptive sport opportunities for youth and adults with disabilities. To learn more, visit www.adaptivesportsohio.org

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