OSHKOSH, Wis. (WBAY) – A new sports league with the Oshkosh area school district held its first game today. The aim is to ensure that every student has a chance to participate in school athletics.

Oshkosh North and Oshkosh West students faced off in an indoor soccer match

This is the first official game for the District Adaptive Sports League student-athletes.

“Oh my God, I was really speechless, I was really excited,” said Izzy Jolin, an Oshkosh North player.

“We love to play everyday,” said Ryan Moon, an Oshkosh West player.

Providing opportunities to play is exactly what the Adapted League is aiming for.

“It was awesome, I mean that’s what you’re looking for,” said Adapted League coordinator Korey Kleinhans.

Kleinhans says this program has been in the works for three years. The league is aimed at students with disabilities, to ensure they have the same chance to participate in school sports as anyone else.

“It’s part of the building options for high school students,” Kleinhans said. “Sure, there are other programs out there, but just being able to be physically active after school, getting sportsmanship, and building that camaraderie around high school is really what we’re trying to build here. “

The edges of the pitch could be moved, making it easy for wheelchair players to get on and off, and the soccer ball was wrapped in red tape so that visually impaired players could follow better.

The players are already looking forward to the next matches.

“I love doing this sport, I mean seeing all my friends again and it’s really nice to see them,” said Jolin.

Kleinhans is happy to see the ball rolling.

“It’s exactly how I imagined it and they did a great job, they did a great job today, I’m proud of them,” Kleinhans said.

But for him, this is just the start of everything he hopes the league will become.

“I mean this is exactly the type of program we want here,” Kleinhans said. “I think we need to change the idea of ​​students with disabilities and realize that they can participate in sports and realize that they are capable of many, many things.”

The league hopes to host a summer camp and plans to offer other types of sports throughout the year.

Kleinhans hopes in the long term to see other Fox Valley school districts join the league.

If anyone would like to learn more or donate to the program, email Kleinhans at [email protected]

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