Dompierre visits Capitol

Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba welcomed Eric Dompierre and family to the Michigan Capitol on Thursday.

Dompierre was honored in Lansing with a Governor’s Fitness Award by Gov. Rick Snyder. Dompierre won the Accepting the Challenge Award, which recognized him for overcoming great challenges to pursue physical activity as a part of daily life.

In May, the Dompierres came to Lansing on behalf of more than 90,000 people who had signed a petition demanding that the Michigan High School Athletic Association adopt an equitable policy like that in 23 other states, balancing the special needs of disabled students with the need to protect the integrity of high school sports.

The Senate unanimously approved a resolution sponsored by Casperson calling for the policy change. Later that month, Michigan schools overwhelmingly approved a change providing for a limited waiver to the age eligibility rule. That rule change permitted Eric to line up alongside his teammates this for his senior year on the football field, where he served as the teams kicker for the Ishpeming Hematites, who won the Division 7 State Football Championship, as well as on the basketball court.

Additionally, Dompierre was also the winner of Sports Illustrated’s ‘Underdogs’ series. It was a contest in which the winning team, the Hamatites, received a $25,000 donation and had ten team members treated to a trip to Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year Award Ceremony in New York City.