Huntingdon Sport Science Department Sponsors the Iron Roll
Montgomery, Ala.—If you hear the sound of thunder in the distance and it's March, rather than November, it may be the sound of a new tradition. Infused with the enthusiasm of March Madness, Huntingdon College will host the first Iron Roll, pitting the University of Alabama men's wheelchair basketball team against the Auburn University men's adaptive basketball team Saturday, April 2, at 10:00 a.m. in the Catherine Dixon Roland Arena inside Roland Student Center on the Huntingdon campus. Tickets are $5 at the door and benefit the Montgomery Center for Independent Living. A celebrity exhibition game will precede the event, during which Huntingdon officials will announce the long-awaited return of the College's Wheelin' Hawks program.
"We're excited to host this event and to bring attention to the need for and exciting competition provided by adapted sports programs," said Dr. Lisa Olenik Dorman, chair of the Huntingdon Department of Sport Science and Physical Education. An expert in disability sport, Dorman serves as a manuscript reviewer for Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly Palaestra: Forum of Sport, Physical Education & Recreation for those with Disabilities, and recently stepped down after a decade of service on the Commission on Women and Sport of the International Paralympic Committee. Dorman developed the College's Wheelin' Hawks program, which provided accommodations for participation in competitive or recreational sports to children ages 6 through 18 with physical disabilities until the program entered a period of hiatus several years ago. The program was administered by students and faculty members who were trained to work with special populations.
"I look forward to providing more information about the return of the Wheelin' Hawks program," said Dorman. "During its years of operation, we served more than 100 children with special needs in monthly programs that only cost $10 per student. I will be gathering interest and listening to the needs expressed by those in the community who are interested in disability sport programs. If there is enough interest, we hope to re-introduce Wheelin' Hawks later this summer."
Preceding the Iron Roll, a celebrity wheelchair basketball exhibition game will pit local celebrities such as Judd Davis (WSFA), Josh Johnson (WSFA), JT (Mix 103.3), Doug Amos (AM 740), Josh Moon (AM 740), Greg Rauch (Montgomery Biscuits) and Joe Davis (Montgomery Biscuits) against local athletes. Huntingdon teams will play in brief exhibition games, as well. Ticket sales for the event benefit the Montgomery Center for Independent Living, which empowers individuals with disabilities to participate fully within their communities by providing education, skills training, peer support, and advocacy.
The Iron Roll, named by Huntingdon sport science students, is part of the College's 157th Founders Day Celebration events. "It's fitting that this event should roll forward on Founders Day weekend," said Dorman. "Huntingdon has a long history of preparing educators, and the adapted sport training that is part of our program is rare in undergraduate higher education. Our students are working with Brewbaker Junior High School special education students in a monthly program now, and in early March will officiate, score, coordinate, and administer the Alabama Special Olympics State Basketball Tournament in Roland Arena. There is no better way to learn than by doing, and our program is hands-on all the way."
Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. The Department of Sport Science and Physical Education offers P–12 teacher certification in physical education and undergraduate degrees in athletic training, exercise science, and sport management. For more information, contact the Huntingdon College Office of Communications at (334) 833-4515.