Georgia High School Championship Marks National First
March 8, 2004
ATLANTA, GEORGIA--In case you missed it, the Macon Bears on Friday won their state championship basketball game, 51-37, against the Clayton Eagles.
Okay, it might not seem like such a big deal to those of you living in Spokane, Syracuse, Sydney or Glasgow.
Except, perhaps, for the fact that the match-up marked the first time in U.S. history that interscholastic wheelchair basketball teams took part in a state high school basketball championship.
According to a brief story in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Georgia High School Association, which governs high school sports in the state, and the American Association of AdaptedSports Program plan to make the joint competition a tradition to showcase the talents of Georgia's top wheelchair athletes.
"I'm glad they have something like this for us, because most of us are overlooked a lot," said Danielle Duncan, a 16-year-old player on the winning Macon team.
About a dozen school systems in Georgia currently have wheelchair basketball teams.
"Wheelchair athletes make sports history" (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
"Georgias High School Wheelchair Basketball and Basketball Championships Unite" -- January 21, 2004 (AAASP)
American Association of AdaptedSports Program