UPDATE: The Atlanta Wolfpack team WON its fifth state wheelchair title in six years over the weekend! Reece Johnson scored 12 points in a 35-25 win over arch-rival West Georgia in the finals held Friday at the Gwinnett Arena. Johnson is a senior at Crim Open Campus, was praised by his coach in an AJC article:
“Reece has grown from being just a player to being a mentor,” Wolfpack coach Andrea Arnold said. “We appreciate the development that he has shown personally, athletically, even socially, just making sure that he is a resource to his teammates. He will be greatly missed.”
The Atlanta Wolfpack team will compete for its fifth Georgia High School Association‘s AAASP Wheelchair Basketball Championship in six years on Friday, March 11, at the Gwinnett Arena. Tip-off is noon. The Wolfpack will compete against Meriwether County’s West Georgia Wolverines, who are their toughest competitors.
The Wolfpack took an easy win at the State Wheelchair Basketball Semi-final Tournament on Saturday, March 5, at Warner Robins High School in Houston County against the Gwinnett Heat, finishing the season undefeated with a 6-0 record.
Currently the team has won four GHSA State AAASP Wheelchair Basketball championship titles — 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010 — which ties the league record for the most consecutive state championships. (Read The Atlanta Educator article here.)
The team members are sophomore Alexander Amey, South Atlanta High; sophomore Aquintis Burnett and senior Toraino Newton, Washington High; Terry Chambers, freshman, Carver High; senior Abubakar Garba, North Atlanta High; senior Reece Johnson, Crim Open Campus High; freshman Kailyn McKinnon and senior Joshua Porter, Maynard H. Jackson High; and sixth-grader Lacey Todd, Coan Middle.
The Program for Exceptional Children (PEC) has provided interscholastic sports opportunities for students with physical disabilities in the Atlanta Public Schools through the Adapted Sports Program since 1998. The program works in partnership with the American Association of Adapted Sports Programs, Inc. (AAASP), which provides programs, policies, procedures and regulations in interscholastic adapted sports for students with physical disabilities in the U.S. to enhance educational outcomes.
The Program for Exceptional Children, Adapted Sports staff and coaches would like to invite the Atlanta Public Schools community to come and provide support during what promises to be an exciting game Friday. The game will be televised on Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) on Saturday morning. Check your local listings and schedule.