[Nfbc-info] Fw: Athletic Equity Law

Bryan Bashin bashin at calweb.com
Sun Nov 16 19:02:09 UTC 2008


Thanks for forwarding this along.  I'd like to 
know just what the proposed law would look like, 
and though the material you sent made reference 
to the Maryland law, I didn't see a copy of it in 
the message.  Can you forward the list a copy of 
what we're being asked to support?



At 08:58 AM 11/16/2008, you wrote:
>Good Morning,
>The email below comes from an athlete who took 
>gold in Beijing with her goalball team. I do 
>believe we passed a resolution to begin 
>communicating with the powers-at-be and to 
>proceed in equalizing the playing field for 
>disabled, particularly blind, athletes.
>----- Original Message -----
>From: Jessie Lorenz
>To: jessie Lorenz
>Sent: Sunday, November 16, 2008 3:35 AM
>Subject: Athletic Equity Law
>Hello, I am sending this email to you because 
>you were a part of helping to make my dream of a 
>Paralympic gold medal a reality. Thank you for your support
>on this journey.  I know that you understand the 
>positive role sports can play in ones life- for I am living proof of this.
>Because I am committed to ensure that the young 
>girl who comes after me has the same 
>opportunities to participate in sports that I had I  recently joined
>a coalition of advocates spearheading The 
>California Athletic Equity Law. This is a  piece 
>of state  legislation that would dramatically increase  the
>number of opportunities for students with 
>disabilities to participate in sports.
>To learn more or to get involved you can go to:
>I have attached some information on the 
>legislation to this message and have pasted the 
>text of an introductory cover letter below. Please don't hesitate
>to contact me should you have any questions or 
>if you'd like to see the proposed text of the 
>bill. We are courting the legislature and would welcome suggestions
>on individuals who may be willing to take the 
>lead and author the bill in either the state assembly or the senate.
>Some on this distribution list are not from 
>California- it is still important to be aware of 
>what we're doing out here- so you can learn from our mistakes
>and our best practices.
>  All students with disabilities deserve the 
> chance to participate in competitive sport.
>Please join me in spreading the word about this important effort.
>In sport,
>Jessie Lorenz
>"Only those who will risk going too far can 
>possibly find out how far one can go."
>T. S. Elliot
>(Begin coverletter)
>California Athletics Equity Law for Students with Disabilities
>Dear Friends and Colleagues,
>We are asking you to join us in our efforts to 
>create the California Athletics Equity Law for 
>Students with Disabilities.  We are a group of disabled athletes,
>parents, coaches, educators and friends.
>Our goal is to create system change by promoting 
>legislation in California to ensure that youth 
>with disabilities receive the benefits that come from equal
>access to school physical education and athletic 
>programs. This law then could be used as a national model.
>The benefits of youth participating in school 
>sports programs are well documented. Grade-point 
>averages, attendance rates, and graduation rates are higher
>for student-athletes, while discipline referrals 
>and dropout rates are lower.  Participating in 
>sports helps to teach the value of hard work, goal setting,
>communication and teamwork.  Additionally, 
>participating in sports helps to establish healthy life style habits.
>Unfortunately, the opportunity for students with 
>disabilities to participate in their schools 
>interscholastic sports programs does not exist in California.
>Presently, a limited number of kids with 
>disabilities get access to sports through 
>community-based organizations in a few locations in California.  These
>organizations offer exciting and challenging 
>athletic opportunities, but operate outside of 
>the school system and can serve only a fraction of the disabled
>It is now time to guarantee that all California 
>school children with disabilities receive the 
>same benefits of school sports programs as their non-disabled
>peers.  This April, the state of Maryland passed 
>the legislation that we are working on, the 
>first of it’s kind in the country.  Similar efforts are taking
>place throughout the country.  Our plan is to 
>build a coalition of support and in the fall of 
>2008 identify a California legislator to author our bill
>for the 2009 session.
>This historic change will not take place unless 
>those of us in the disabled sports movement take 
>a leadership role in this effort. We need help with every
>aspect of this effort, from hosting 
>informational get-togethers, recruiting 
>supporters, contacting legislators, testifying at legislative hearings and
>contributing financially to support this 
>effort.  Enclosed you will find a draft of the 
>legislation, an information page and a sign-up form.
>Together, we can help bring about this historic change.
>table with 3 columns and 15 rows
>Rick Spittler,
>Cheri Blauwet,
>Tim Orr,
>Director, Title IX2
>2008 Paralympic Athlete, Medical Student
>USA National Junior Track & Field and Basketball Coach: 1989-2005
>Jessica Lorenz,
>Chris Finn,
>Jon Newman
>2008 Paralymic Gold Medelist
>Head Coach, USA Power Soccer
>US Power Soccer Association, Western Regional Director
>Dr. Barry Lavay,
>Richie Bennett,
>Jen Howitt
>CSU, Long Beach,
>Kinesiology Department
>Coach, BORP Bay Cruisers
>Wheelchair Basketball
>Paralympic Athlete, Rhodes Scholar
>Lisa Hilborn,
>Trooper Johnson,
>Susan Henderson,
>Rancho Wheelchair Sports Director
>Paralympic Athlete, BORP Youth Sports Coordinator
>Executive Director, Disability Education Rights and Defense Fund
>Tersesa Favuzzi,
>Adam Elix,
>Doug Garner,
>Executive Director, California Foundation For Independent Living Centers
>Therapeutic Specialist, City of San Jose
>National Wheelchair Basketball Association, Junior Division Commissioner
>Dmitri Belser,
>President, Ed Roberts Campus
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