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Dean and Eric Dompierre of Ishpeming will testify in Lansing on Wednesday. The father and son, who have brought to national light the failings of the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s (MHSAA) age eligibility policy, will highlight the issue before the Senate Education Committee.
State Senator Tom Casperson introduced Senate Resolution 145 last week, calling on the MHSAA to adopt a policy that allows an age-eligibility waiver in certain, limited cases. Michigan students currently cannot compete in high school sports if they are older than 19 before September 1.
Eric Dompierre’s situation highlights the need for the rule change, which is why he has received such tremendous support. Eric, who has a love for football and basketball, is a junior at Ishpeming High School and has Down syndrome, which led to his being held back in junior kindergarten and first grade.
The Dompierres will be speaking on behalf of more than 90,000 people who have signed a petition demanding that the MHSAA adopt an equitable policy like the one 23 other states have embraced, which balances the special needs of disabled students with the need to protect the integrity of high school sports.
The Senate Education Committee is scheduled for Wednesday, May 2, at noon in the Senate Hearing Room of Boji Tower in Lansing. The meeting will be streamed live on Senate television and can be viewed at by clicking “HERE“.