This is a far, far bigger problem than just this specific instance. . . due to developmental delays, many adults -often very large adults- would, for example, like to go see Thomas the Tank Engine, hop around in ball pits, etc. Perhaps prohibiting this could be styled as “ageism” or “size-ism” – in any event, there is no graceful way out… however, in THIS case, the young man could certainly be an assistant coach – something we’ve done successfully with baseball and basketball teams. And it is an appropriate position for someone transitioning into adulthood. As a coach, and as a parent, I cannot justify changing the rule – a change will have effects far beyond this specific case. And, please, everyone think beyond just acceding to the parents wishes just to “make this poor disabled kid happy” – that is, simply put, patronizing.
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