Since 2011, Professor Doug Abrams has written more than 200 blog columns on www.askcoachwolff.com, one of the nation’s leading youth sports websites. He frequently discusses equal opportunity for youth athletes regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, family financial circumstances, religion, or disability. Links to his prior columns appear on pages 19-38 of his CV.
Prof. Abrams’ latest column is “The U.S. Justice Department Enforces Equal Opportunity For Youth Athletes With a Disability.” The column concerns the department’s recent agreement with Little League Baseball that, consistent with the Americans With Disabilities Act, permits vision-impaired boys and girls to use yellow baseballs in competition. Professor Abrams concludes: “To the maximum extent possible, leagues and teams should enable children with disabilities to participate with other athletes if their parents approve, their abilities permit, and their participation does not change the character of the game or compromise safety. Wholesome programs, such as Little League’s Challenger Division, open doors for children whose conditions make such inclusion inadvisable or impossible.”
The New Hampshire Union Leader has called Professor Abrams “one of the people who help serve as the conscience for anyone involved in youth sports.”