• Able Athletes program now helping students at Monroe Demonstration Academy

    By: Jackie DelPilar


    TULSA, Okla. - A new program at Tulsa’s Monroe Demonstration Academy is bringing students with and without disabilities together.

    The Able Athletes program started at Cooper Elementary School five years ago. Now students at Monroe get to join in on the fun.

    Students with disabilities come together each week and practice different skills including basketball, soccer, balance beam work and going through an obstacle course.

    Students without disabilities are there to help their classmates and cheer for everyone.

    At the end of the 10-week program, the athletes put on a show at a school assembly to show off their skills.

    Students at Monroe will have an “ability week” to learn about disabilities and why some of their peers may act different from them.

    Able Athletes helps students with disabilities work on motor skills, gain confidence and build a sense of camaraderie with their teammates. It was developed to give everyone the chance to participate in a team environment.

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