WICHITA, Kansas – The controversy behind a special needs student who was not allowed to earn a varsity letter may finally be put to rest Monday night.
Michael Kelley’s mom got him a varsity letter, but the school said he didn’t earn the letter, because special needs athletics is not a varsity-level competition. Since KSN broke story, there has been a lot of attention on the case.
Tonight, the Wichita School Board could make a decision after hearing from the Tri-County Sports League.
Officials with the Tri-County Sports League say they’ve been working for several months to develop a standard policy, and earlier this month, they finalized their recommendation unanimously voting that all special needs student athletes can earn the same varsity letter as their classmates.
The fight for a uniform policy has been going on for more than a year.
FOLLOW THE TIMELINE OF THIS STORY:
- 4/05: Michael Kelley gets special treatment in San Antonio
- 4/02: Tri County League says special needs athletes will earn the same varsity letter
- 4/01: Rhode Island athlete collects varsity letters for Kansas boy with special needs
- 3/30: Mother of special needs athlete holds presser after USD 259 BOE meeting
- 3/30: USD 259 School Board hears from parents about varsity letters for special needs kids
- 3/30: Special needs student letter debate sparks social media uproar
- 3/29: USD 259 Superintendent lays out expectations for Mondays BOE meeting
- 3/29: USD 259 Superintendent talks about alternative sports recognition
- 3/29: East High principal responds to varsity letter controversy
- 3/28: Mom of special needs son fights for change in USD 259 district policy
- 3/28: Chicago Bulls assistant coach supports Michael Kelley
- 3/27: Debate continues over East High letter policy for special needs athletes
- 3/27: Schools reach out to special needs athlete
- 3/27: Local organization says inclusion vital to special needs kids
- 3/27: School district responds to student story
- 3/27: Students create petition for East High student to earn varsity letter
- 3/26: Mom says special needs son at East High told to remove his varsity letter