Special Education

Student-Athlete With Down Syndrome Allowed to Play His Senior Year

By Bryan Toporek — August 09, 2012 1 min read

Eric Dompierre, a 19-year-old Michigan student-athlete with Down syndrome, will be allowed to participate on his high school’s football and basketball teams, the Michigan High School Athletic Association announced today.

Dompierre exceeds the MHSAA’s traditional age limit, which bars students who turn 19 before Sept. 1 from participating in school sports. (He turned 19 this past January.) However, the MHSAA approved a rule change earlier this year which allows the age limit to be waived under extremely limited circumstances.

Before the rule change, the MHSAA’s age limit was the only rule

A version of this news article first appeared in the Schooled in Sports blog.