Newton South athletes and coaches welcomed Adapted Sports New England to our Lions Pride Day last Tuesday (December 6).
Several Paralympians visited our school to share with our students their experiences and to help them to understand the efforts of people with disabilities. Their inspiring stories were showcased through video presentations of past Paralympics and testimonials from our visitors. Our most sincere thanks to Famita Ayan Beku, 2016 Paralympian and Track and Field gold medalist in Rio; Michael Prout, Paralympic Swimming medalist in 2004, 2008, and 2012; Joe LeMar, 1992 Gold medalist in the 800-meter at the Barcelona Paralympics, a member of the Wheelchair Softball National Team, and current Durfee High School track coach; Muji Karim, triple amputee and board member of Adapted Sports New England; Paul Cowan, NE Blazers Wheelchair Basketball coach and organizer of the South Boston Boys and Girls Wheelchair Team; and John Walsh, accomplished athlete and Adapted Sports New England CEO.
We are also grateful to Spalding Rehabilitation Center for bringing wheelchairs and staff to allow our students to experience what it’s like to play as a Paralympian Basketball player. Special thanks to the Dartmouth College interns, our Boys Volleyball players, and our coaches for helping officiate the sit-down volleyball games.
After introducing the different sports and the excitement of competition via video clips and testimonials, our students were able to participate in sit-down volleyball games and wheelchair basketball games, learning by doing.
The goal of the day was understanding inclusion and developing empathy. Check out the photos of this wonderful day on our Twitter and Instagram accounts!