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Adaptive Sports

Description

Challenger Baseball and TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) are community-based adaptive sports programs designed to meet the needs of children with physical and/or mental disabilities. Player participation and development are key elements of the program. Adaptive sports programs are designed to improve the overall fitness, self-esteem and social skills of child with disabilties.

Team Leader(s)

Joseph Ryan, PhDTeacher Education
Antonis KatsiyannisTeacher Education

Accomplishments

Ryan, J.B., Katsiyannis, A., Cadorette, D., Hodge, J. & Markham, M. (2014). Establishing adaptive sports programs for youth with disabilities. Preventing School Failure, 58, 32-41.
South Carolina Council for Exceptional ChildrenRyan, J.B., Jennet, A., & Dukes, C. (2015, February). How to Establish an Adaptive Sports Program in Your School or Community. Presentation session at the South Carolina Council for Exceptional Children Conference, Myrtle Beach, SC.
Internaitional Council for Exceptional Children ConferenceRyan, J.B., Katsiyannis, A. Johnson, M, & Chapman, M.K. (2014, April 10). Establishing Adaptive Sports Programs for Youth With Moderate to Severe Disabilities. Presentation session at the International Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
During the Fall 2014 semester organized adaptive sports program TOP Soccer for children ages 4 - 21 with physical and emotional disabilities within the tri-county area from September 10th through October 29th.  The program is currently in its 9th year of operation and involved over 60 Clemson undergraduate students who volunteer as coaches and athlete buddies for 45 athletes with disabilities.   During the Spring 2015 semester organized adaptive sports program Challenger Baseball for children ages 4 - 21 with physical and emotional disabilities within the tri-county area from February 4th through April 15th.  The program is currently in its 10th year of operation and involved over 60 Clemson undergraduate students who volunteer as coaches and athlete buddies for 43 athletes with disabilities.   Over the past year this CI program successfully published one (1) peer reviewed journal article and made two (2) conference presentations (international & state) with undergraduate students on adaptive sports. JOURNAL ARTICLE Ryan, J.B., Katsiyannis, A., Cadorette, D., Hodge, J. & Markham, M. (2014). Establishing adaptive sports programs for youth with disabilities. Preventing School Failure, 58, 32-41.   CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS Ryan, J.B. & Hodge, J., Jashinsky, E., Jennett, A. & Johnson, M. (2014, April). Establishing Adaptive Sports Programs for Youth with Moderate to Severe Disabilities. Presentation session at the Council for Exceptional Children Convention & Expo, Philadelphia, PA.   Ryan, J.B., Jennet, A., & Dukes, C. (2015, February). How to Establish an Adaptive Sports Program in Your School or Community. Presentation session at the South Carolina Council for Exceptional Children Conference, Myrtle Beach, SC.  
Annual Report During the Fall 2014 semester organized adaptive sports program TOP Soccer for children ages 4 - 21 with physical and emotional disabilities within the tri-county area from September 10th through October 29th.  The program is currently in its 9th year of operation and involved over 60 Clemson undergraduate students who volunteer as coaches and athlete buddies for 45 athletes with disabilities.   During the Spring 2015 semester organized adaptive sports program Challenger Baseball for children ages 4 - 21 with physical and emotional disabilities within the tri-county area from February 4th through April 15th.  The program is currently in its 10th year of operation and involved over 60 Clemson undergraduate students who volunteer as coaches and athlete buddies for 43 athletes with disabilities.   Over the past year this CI program successfully published one (1) peer reviewed journal article and made two (2) conference presentations (international & state) with undergraduate students on adaptive sports. JOURNAL ARTICLE Ryan, J.B., Katsiyannis, A., Cadorette, D., Hodge, J. & Markham, M. (2014). Establishing adaptive sports programs for youth with disabilities. Preventing School Failure, 58, 32-41.   CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS Ryan, J.B. & Hodge, J., Jashinsky, E., Jennett, A. & Johnson, M. (2014, April). Establishing Adaptive Sports Programs for Youth with Moderate to Severe Disabilities. Presentation session at the Council for Exceptional Children Convention & Expo, Philadelphia, PA.   Ryan, J.B., Jennet, A., & Dukes, C. (2015, February). How to Establish an Adaptive Sports Program in Your School or Community. Presentation session at the South Carolina Council for Exceptional Children Conference, Myrtle Beach, SC.  

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