Student Sues Activities Association To Use Golf Cart
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
August 31, 2005
LAWTON, OKLAHOMA--This summer, the South Central PGA allowed 15-year-old Scott Campbell to use a golf cart as a way to accommodate painful problems he is having with his knees.
The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association (OSSAA) is refusing to do the same for Campbell, who experiences pain when he walks and bends his knees since his injury in a car accident last winter.
So the MacArthur High School freshman is suing OSSAA in federal court, claiming that the association is violating the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act.
In the suit filed last week in Oklahoma City, Campbell asked for $50,000 plus punitive damages, along with the right to use a golf cart during high school tournaments.
OSSAA officials told the Associated Press that they need more documented proof of Campbell's condition for safety reasons.
Campbell's father, however, remarked that that he has already sent letters from three doctors explaining that the teen's disability "substantially limits his major life activity, walking", and that the ADA does not require his son to give such details.
A trial date has not been set, the Associated Press noted.
"Oklahoma Student Sues to Use Golf Cart" (Associated Press via Norman Transcript)