Prohofsky was beloved teacher

Edward “Ed” Prohofsky was a beloved gym teacher and pioneer in adapted sports in the Minneapolis Public Schools. Prohofsky died […]

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Edward “Ed” Prohofsky was a beloved gym teacher and pioneer in adapted sports in the Minneapolis Public Schools. Prohofsky died in June. He was 90 years old.

He was described as always being an educator and coach, saying that there is truly no “I” in team. He made sure that everyone was welcome and included.  Prohofsky was a leader in to opening the doors of inclusivity for kids with physical and cognitive disabilities to participate alongside their peers in athletics, right up to including adapted sports as a sanctioned activity by the Minnesota State High School League. It was important to him that adapted sports athletes be allowed to letter like everyone else.

He coached an Army team to a division championship, and also coached a fabled Minneapolis Marshall-University High School Championship team, among his many coaching duties over the years.  He was inducted into seven various Halls of Fame, but always remained humble. The first thing he said to people he met and spoke with later in life was, if everyone had a family like mine, there would be no problems in the world.

Prohofsky made a difference for many people, with his coaching at all levels of sports and his teachings.

He was preceded in death by several family members including his wife. He is survived by a sister, four children and their families, and a niece and nephew and their families. Services have been held. Memorials preferred to donor’s choice or Beth El Synagogue.

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