Essay Discrimination Against the Disabled in Sports
School Athletic Conferences and the NCAA
This research paper examines the extent of legal protection presently afforded to disabled persons involved in high school and college athletics. The primary focus is upon amateur athletics but cases in the field of professional sports are mentioned where they provide relevant precedents for amateur athletics.
The legal protection afforded disabled persons generally and in sports has been considerably expanded during the past two decades, primarily as a result of the enactment of two federal statutes, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (RA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1993 (ADA). Through the interpretations made by the courts, primarily federal courts, as to the scope and…