Why Sports Are Important for Students with Disabilities

  • More likely to have better grades, school attendance, and lower dropout rate
  • Build discipline, self-esteem, confidence, and independence
  • Learn team work, skill development, and goal setting
  • Promote a healthy lifestyle
  • Can be a predictor of later successes in college, career, and community
  • Students with disabilities do not receive the same amount of physical activity and athletic opportunities as students without disabilities
  • According to the CDC, youth with disabilities are twice as likely to be physically inactive, resulting in obesity rates almost 40% higher than in youth without disabilities creating much higher risks for health-related diseases

Due to the resources available, it is possible to add adapted sports within school athletic programs without creating an undue administrative burden for State High School Associations or requiring the association to change the existing rules for the athletes without disabilities.