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AAASP Partners with VoiceAmerica in Monthly Worldwide Broadcast
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April 14, 2011, ATLANTA, GA — The American Association of Adapted Sports Programs, Inc. is proud to announce a new partnership with VoiceAmerica that we believe will be instrumental in raising awareness nationally and internationally about the abilities, talents, desires and challenges of students with physical disabilities to have locally available sports opportunities.

AAASP will now be featured monthly in a world-wide Internet broadcast at VoiceAmerica's SportsTalk@Positive Pub with host Gil Tyree.  Initially, the shows featuring AAASP will air on the 2nd Monday of each month beginning in May.

The first show aired live on April 4, 2011 and is already available for download at http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/52895/sportstalk-at-the-possitivepub. Listen now and be sure to tune in to future programs featuring coaches, athletes, alumni, athletic directors, spokesman for various AAASP member school districts and state high school associations and AAASP founders Bev Vaughn and Tommie Storms.

Each month, you will hear how these programs are unique: how they are implemented, funded and run successfully in a school system setting alongside other athletic programs for girls and boys without disabilities. You'll learn how adaptedSPORTS® affect students with disabilities, their families and the culture around them with regard to health, attitude, self esteem and success at school and in life. Also featured will be other AAASP partners including some of the nation's leading researchers, advocates and lawmakers who are helping to raise awareness about and bring resources to the movement to include "America's sidelined kids" in a time honored tradition of sport that many without disabilities take for granted.

Listen 10AM Pacific time, 1PM EST to these one-of-a-kind broadcasts hosted by Gil Tyree and brought to you by VoiceAmerica.com.  And now a word from Gil:

"On the April 4th show, we welcomed the fine folks from the American Association of Adapted Sports Programs.  For students who have physical disabilities,  adapted school-based sports offer the opportunity to achieve success in a very short time period; to use this success in order to build self-confidence and focus on possibilities, instead of dwelling on what can no longer be done, while getting these students "Off the sidelines and into the game" (AAASP's motto)."

A non profit 501 (c)(3) organization since 1996, the American Association of Adapted Sports Programs or AAASP ("asp"), is a membership organization of school districts and state high school associations working to provide equitable athletic competition for students with physical disabilities in wheelchair handball, wheelchair basketball, power soccer, wheelchair football and wheelchair track & field and as fully integrated members or more traditional teams whenever possible.

Please click here to listen to the April show and to see the listing of past shows!

Guests for the 4/14/2011 show included:
  1. Bev Vaughn Cofounder & Executive Director - American Association of Adapted Sports Programs (AAASP)

  2. Tommie Storms Cofounder & Director of Operations - American Association of Adapted Sports Programs (AAASP)

  3. Mike Emery Director of Athletics, Student Activities and Community Schools Gwinnett County Public Schools (member of AAASP)

  4. Jed Butler Parent of son Jordan, who was born with Spina Bifida and took part in adapted sports throughout his school experience.

  5. Jarvis Emory Alumni who has Cerebral Palsy and participated in the adapted sports programs in high school. He is now working at the CDC.

  6. Shanell Young One of five Directors of Athletics for the Florida High School Athletic Association (member of AAASP)

UPCOMING SHOW DATES FEATURING AAASP:

10AM PT/1PM EST
  • May 9
  • June 13
  • July 11
  • August 8