Ishpeming Man Challenges Michigan High School Athletic Association Eligibility Rules

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Dean Dompierre

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Dean Dompierre has started a petition campaign on, after the Michigan High School Athletic Association refused to change a rule that forbids students older than 19 years of age from participating in high school athletics.

Dean’s son, Eric, will be 20 years old during his senior year, because he started school later due to the fact that he has Down Syndrome.

Dompierre stopped in to talk about the effort on the SUNNY Morning Show today.  He explained that he is asking the MHSAA to change their rules, and allow students who may have started school later due to physical or intellectual disabilities, to play a full four years of high school sports.

Dompierre says this change would put Michigan in line with 23 other states, including neighboring Ohio, that allow student athletes who have experienced a hardship due to intellectual or physical disabilities early in life to play for four years in high school.

If the rule is not changed, Dean’s son Eric will not be able to participate in high school athletics during his senior year next year.

To listen to the interview with Dean Dompierre, please click on the audio link below:


To find out more about the petition drive, click “HERE“.

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