Huntingdon News

October 17, 2013
For immediate release:

Huntingdon College
News Release

Huntingdon Disability Sport Network takes the court

Montgomery, Ala.—A new sports program will roll into Huntingdon College's James W. Wilson Jr. Gymnasium in the Will and Kelly Wilson Community and Athletic Center Saturday, October 19.  Children ages 6–21 may participate in the College's Disability Sport Network (DSPN-HC), beginning with a wheelchair basketball league for young people who may not be able to participate in school sports teams because of physical impairment.  

Youth who have physical disabilities but who have a desire to participate in sport and adapted physical activity are eligible to participate, said Dr. Lisa Olenik Dorman, director of the program. The goal of the program is to provide prerequisite sport skills that allow youth to continue lifelong participation in organized sport and physical activities. "Through participation in organized team activities such as wheelchair basketball and wheelchair tennis, participants have the opportunity to develop the confidence, work ethic, and leadership skills learned through team sports," said Dorman. 

According to Dorman, Huntingdon partnered with other colleges and universities, Montgomery Public Schools, collegiate sports teams, state and city offices, and community groups to establish the DSPN. Practices will begin Saturday, October 19, and continue two days a week through February, with participants traveling to a day-long tournament at Birmingham's Lakeshore Foundation in January.  For more information, contact Jessi Andrews at jandrews@hawks.huntingdon.edu or (334) 833-4295.  There is no cost for participation in the program.

Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Founded in 1854, Huntingdon is a coeducational liberal arts college. The College motto, "Enter to grow in wisdom; go forth to apply wisdom in service," is inscribed in stone above the front door of John Jefferson Flowers Hall. Ranked in the top tier of regional colleges by U.S. News and World Report and consistently listed in the Princeton Review's "The Best Colleges: Region by Region," Huntingdon has for three years been recognized on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Washington Monthly, which ranks colleges on the basis of their contribution to the public good, places Huntingdon in the top 20% of 352 Baccalaureate 

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