Sun Prairie Area School District Launches Adapted Sports League for Students with Disabilities

The Sun Prairie Area School District is launching an Adapted Sports League to increase accessibility and equity in high school athletics. Students in grades 9-12 with IEPs or 504s who otherwise have been unable to access competitive athletics, will have the opportunity to participate in soccer, hockey, and wiffle ball.

“Both Sun Prairie West High School and Sun Prairie East High School will have adapted sports teams,” said Eric Nee, Sun Prairie Area School District’s Director of Athletics and Activities. “Practices and competitions will be held two times each week and students will play amongst each other throughout the 2022-23 school year. We are hoping to get other local schools involved in future years and are exploring the possibility of scheduling games in the LaCrosse and Oshkosh areas.”

The Sun Prairie Area School District provides adapted physical education services to students with disabilities. Sadie Brown is one adapted physical education teacher in the district. She works with her physical education teacher colleagues to adapt or modify activities so that kids with special needs can be active with their peers and improve their gross motor skills in physical education classes.

“The Adapted Sports League will be transformative,” said Brown. “Students with disabilities have the right to extracurricular opportunities just like every other high school student. It is also a great opportunity for the rest of our student body to support, encourage, and cheer on students with disabilities.” 

“Adding this competitive sports option for our high school students with disabilities is extremely exciting,” said Jennifer Apodaca, Sun Prairie Area School District's Director of Student Services. “Our District strives to find new and innovative opportunities to help all students succeed inside and outside of the classroom, and the Adapted Sports League will do just that.” 

A kick-off event took place on Saturday, May 7, 2022, at Meadow View Elementary School. For more information or to stay updated on this program, click here or email adaptedpeteachers@sunprairieschools.org