ISHPEMING, MI -- Eric Dompierre loves sports, especially basketball. In fact, this week, he earned our "Play of the Week" with a shot against Negaunee, Michigan in the District Final.
Eric never let the fact that he was born with Down Syndrome stop him from playing. But now, he may have to cheer on his team from the bleachers. It's a battle between Eric's family and the Michigan High School Athletic Association (external - login to view).
The association says because he's 19 years old, he isn't allowed to play in his senior year of high school.
"I'd be sad if I couldn't play with them and not have them in my life. They want me to play, and I want to play with them," said Eric.
According to the MHSAA handbook, students aren't allowed to participate in any school sport if they are above 19 years of age. Because of his disability, Eric got a late start in elementary school making him older than his classmates.
His dad, Dean, and the Ishpeming School District (external - login to view) have submitted two proposed revisions to the rule, but the association turned them down.
State rules bar Down Syndrome student from playing his favorite sport, basketball : News : UpperMichigansSource.com (external - login to view)