Saturday, April 21, 2012
Down syndrome student fights to keep playing sports
After spending a Sunday afternoon with Eric Dompierre and his parents it's clear that they're extremely grateful that Eric has always been included. Eric Dompierre has Down syndrome, but he's been welcome to play sports with other kids in Ishpeming Michigan since he was in elementary school. "We didn't know how far he'd go, how many coaches would keep him on the team," says Dean Dompierre, Eric's father. When he got to high school, Eric was invited to keep playing. Now he's on both the Ishpeming High School football and basketball teams. He attends every practice and works out with the other players and if it's appropriate he plays a few minutes at the end of the game. read more of Ted Rowlands' CNN article HERE.