Adaptive Sports League wraps up winter season with floor hockey tourney

A special group of high school athletes from our area competed for a championship Tuesday.

The Adaptive Sports League held its floor hockey tournament, with teams from Holmen, Onalaska, Central and Logan facing off to determine a conference champion.

The league gives special needs students a chance to learn the same lessons their peers do in other varsity sports, like teamwork and communication.

“It gives them a greater sense of purpose in life,” said Holmen coach Nick Slusser. “No matter what happens at school, no matter what they’re going through in their personal lives at home or at school, they’ll come here and all that stress goes away.”

Central beat Holmen 2-0 Tuesday afternoon to win the conference championship, but every player went home with a plaque recognizing their efforts.

League organizers say they hope to get more area schools to organize teams in the future and possibly add JV teams to let more freshmen and sophomores play.