Daniel James Brown decided to adapt his book after an increasing number of young people told him they loved the story.
The U.S. Education Department is telling schools that they must make “reasonable modifications” to accommodate students with disabilities on sports teams, or create a parallel athletic program.
The directive is the biggest change since Title IX mandated equal athletic opportunities for women, and it comes after years of work by a coalition of athletes and advocates.
But it started with a young wheelchair athlete from Maryland, Tatyana McFadden, who was born with spina bifida and is paralyzed from the waist down.
When McFadden was 15, she won a silver medal in the 100-meter and a bronze in the 200-meter in the 2004 Paralympics.
But it wasn’t until she won a lawsuit later that she was allowed to race on her high school track team.