This is the second year of basketball competition for Rockingham County high school students with disabilities. The league consists of four teams, one from each high school, competing for 4 regular season games and a tournament through the months of September and October culminating with a championship game.
RCPS athletic directors developed the program in collaboration with Special Olympics and the Commissioner of the basketball officials association, Gary Leake, to establish modified game rules. Team composition consists of both students with disabilities and non-disabled peers to ensure a balance among teams and to ensure a more consistent flow to the game. Officiating is provided through the basketball association and at no charge to the school division.
The program provides students with disabilities an opportunity to experience competition at the high school level, including the highs and lows of competitive sports. The students play a real game with an audience of peers, family, and community members. They wear a uniform, earn a varsity letter, and attend a sports banquet to celebrate the season. The students with disabilities learn the responsibilities of teamwork. The non-disabled peers learn patience and understanding, to assist without controlling the outcome of the game, and the art of being flexible while working with disabled peers.
If you have not already, it is a treat to come out and witness the event!
Schedule (2 games involving each of the four teams; games at 6PM and 7PM):
- 9/14 at TAHS
- 9/21 at SHS
- 9/28 at ERHS
- 10/5 at BHS
- 10/12 at TAHS (Semifinals)
- 10/19 - EMU (Championship)
Scott L. Hand, Ed. S.
Director, Pupil Personnel Services
Rockingham County Public Schools
100 Mt. Clinton Pike
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22802