NCAA Division III

In an exciting move for athletes with intellectual disabilities, the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) now allows individuals to participate in intercollegiate athletics (Division III) while enrolled in a non-degree-seeking program specifically structured for students with ID.

There are “specific qualifications” schools have to satisfy, an NCAA spokesperson wrote to The Boost in an email, but if they “satisfy the specific criteria listed, then it does not have to file a formal legislative relief waiver request.”

According to CBS News, the change was put in motion by a student at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minn., a “nontraditional student-athlete” (shot put and discus) who attends a non-degree program for students with intellectual disabilities. Bethel applied to the NCAA for a waiver, the NCAA gave it, and then “did them one better.”

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