UA Will Soon Have A Brand New Adapted Sports Facility

Posted by Reeve Staff in Daily Dose on February 08, 2016 # Exercise, Adaptive Sports

UA Adapted Athletics Department will soon have a brand new facility for their adapted athletics programs.

UA Adapted AthleticsFriday, February 5th, the UA System Board of Trustees approved a $10 million budget to construct a brand new facility on the University of Alabama campus, which will become the new home for the adapted athletics programs. The 2-story building will include an NCAA regulation-size basketball court, training and work out rooms featuring best-in-class adaptive equipment, as well as team meeting rooms and study halls.

Construction is estimated to begin in November 2016 and end within 17 months.

Brent Hardin, the director of the UA Adapted Athletics Programs said, "Today was a big day for us. This has been a work in progress for a long time and this facility will be a big step toward our mission of equality that we talk about every day. I am really happy today for our coaches, and student athletes."

“We are SO happy for Brent, Margaret and everyone at the University of Alabama. The University of Alabama Adapted Athletics is at the forefront of adaptive sports and we are proud to sponsor Alabama Adapted Athletics, but even more proud to call them friends. Roll Tide!” said Keith Jones, CEO of ABC Medical. Keith Jones will be traveling to Tuscaloosa to watch the 2016 Collegiate Classic wheelchair basketball tournament on February 26th and present awards to the winning teams.

Without a doubt, the is a milestone in the history of University of Alabama and the collegiate adaptive sports programs throughout USA. It is a big step towards achieving an inclusive environment in education and in society overall, integrating individuals with a disability into the whole community, by empowering them with resources to help accomplish their dreams. The news from Alabama comes a year after ECAC's historic decision to adopt an inclusive sport strategy that would provide new intercollegiate athletic opportunities for student-athletes with a disabilities attending ECAC member schools. For more information on the ECAC inclusive sport strategy, click here.

Last year, ABC Medical hosted a webinar, titled Managing College Life with a Disability, featuring Margaret Stran, assistant director of the University of Alabama Adapted Athletics Program, who discussed the UA initiatives in adapted sports and provided tips on how to become a successful student-athlete.

Watch the webinar to learn more about UA Adapted Athletics Programs and how to manage college life as a student athlete with a disability.

Congratulations to the UA Adapted Athletics, coaches, students and everyone involved in making this happen! Roll Tide!

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