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Athletics and Adaptive Physical Education


After a pandemic-related pause, our sports teams are back and helping build students' self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-awareness through teamwork, practice, and competition. Reinforcing what one can accomplish through commitment, dedication, and teamwork, our teams compete in local and national competitions. We also host athletics events with our fellow schools in the Eastern Athletic Association for the Blind (EAAB).


Active from October through May, our current team sports include Goalball and Track and Field. We anticipate the return of Swimming, Wrestling, Cheerleading, Bowling, and Basketball in the near future.


To hear about the impact the Athletics program has on students, listen to Assistive Physical Education Teacher Carina Cam.


Adaptive Physical Education

 Adaptive physical education means a specially designed program of developmental activities, games, sports, and rhythms suited to the interests, capabilities, and limitations of students with disabilities.


Our adaptive PE teachers strive to provide engaging and inspiring activities for blind and visually impaired students, including increasing students' awareness of different sports and activities they may not otherwise have access to.  


Past partners in this endeavor include Envision Blind Sports and Hero Adapted Tennis.


Additional resources:





United States Blind Tennis Association

An introduction to visually impaired tennis - Tennis Foundation (England)



U.S. Association of Blind Athletes

International Paralympic Committee



International Blind Sports Federation