Decision on student's sports eligibility expected

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

A 19-year-old student with Down syndrome is expected to find out this week whether he'll be able to play sports during his senior year in high school.

The Detroit Free Press reports a decision on a waiver for Eric Dompierre is expected Wednesday by the Michigan High School Athletic Association. Schools in Michigan earlier this year voted in favor of lifting the age limit for sports eligibility under certain circumstances.

The push to loosen the requirement was accelerated after Dompierre petitioned to be able to play sports this season at Ishpeming High School, west of Marquette in the central Upper Peninsula. Dompierre, who already has turned 19, started school late because of the genetic disorder.

On Monday, Dompierre practiced with the football team. He also plays basketball.

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