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Goals:

At ASBVI, the athletic program is designed to accomplish the following goals:

  1. To promote physical fitness for all students.

  2. To provide cultural experiences for students through travel and meeting new people.

  3. To foster positive self-concept among students through the experience of competing.

  4. To develop a wholesome competitive spirit in students.

  5. To assist students in learning good sportsmanship.

  6. To allow students the opportunity to get to know peers who are sighted through competition.


Program description:

It is the belief of the ASBVI staff that each student needs to be physically fit, needs to be active, and should know how to swim. Hence, track, wrestling, gymnastics and swimming are taught in all grades as a part of the curriculum at ASBVI. Fortunately, there is a swimming pool in the gymnasium which is put to constant use.

ASBVI is a proud member of the Arkansas Activities Association and the North Central Association of Schools for the Blind. Students, therefore, are provided with the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities throughout the school year. Students compete in track, wrestling, and cheerleading.

Track: In the fall, boys and girls compete in track with other schools for the blind. In the spring ASBVI competes, as a member of the Arkansas Activities Association, with the public schools of Arkansas. The knowledge which ASBVI students have gained through these experiences is invaluable.

Wrestling: Wrestling season begins in November, and runs through mid-March. ASBVI competes with schools for the blind and public schools. Wrestling is a growing sport in Arkansas. ASBVI is proud to have been a continuous part of wrestling in the state for over 50 years.

Cheerleading: Boys and girls begin cheerleading practice in September. The students who make up the cheerleading squad are selected at a special assembly by cheerleaders or cheerleading sponsors from public schools who serve as judges. The cheerleading squad travels with the wrestling team to most of the athletic competitions during the year. These boys and girls are, therefore, afforded the same opportunities as their competitors in striving to attain the goals of the athletic department. The cheerleaders compete for awards at the annual cheerleading competition held at the conference tournament.

Goalball: This is a team sport designed specifically for blind athletes. It was originally devised in 1946 by the Austrian Hanz Lorenzen and German Sepp Reindle as a means of assisting in the rehabilitation of World War II veterans.

One goal of the educational program is to provide opportunities for students to meet peers who are sighted and to participate in activities with those students. These athletic competitions with students who attend public school provide one avenue for realizing that goal.

Athletics for Elementary Students: Elementary students look forward to the Candy Bar Wrestling Meet each year. Students practice wrestling for a period of time at the end of which they are divided into two teams and compete for candy bars. The winning wrestler in each individual match receives a giant-sized candy bar; while the loser receives a small candy bar. The candy bar meets serve as excellent training for students who aspire to become members of the ASBVI Lion Wrestling Team.

Elementary students also have a cheerleading squad, the PeeWee Cheerleaders. They practice cheerleading and receive tips and assistance from the secondary cheerleading squad. The Peewee Cheerleaders perform at school events and cheer at the Candy Bar Meet.

The most significant fact to note about the athletic program at ASBVI is that almost every student participates in athletics in some form.

Updated 4-14-16