matt stutzman a foot above the competition

Matt Stutzman – “A Foot Above the Competition”!

At age 29, Matt Stutzman has already accomplished a lot in his life….he is a husband, a father, an outdoorsman, and a world-class archer! But the best part of all is that Matt has achieved these things despite the fact that he was born with no arms……

Throughout his life, Matt has worked hard to live the most normal life possible, finding his own ways to do daily tasks many of us take for granted. He has helped on his family’s farm, played sports, ridden a bike, played the guitar, and even drives a car! So when Matt developed an interest in archery, his family knew there was no stopping him. And unstoppable he has been, taking his archery skills all the way to the Paralympics! His success shows that, as his family taught him, “impossible is a state of mind”!

This video tells Matt’s inspiring story.

Additional Resources:

  • Here is Matt’s website, where you can learn all about him and his amazing archery!
  • Here is a profile that tells Matt’s incredible story.

Topics for Discussion:

  • Why do you think Matt often thinks of himself as not being disabled?
  • What qualities does Matt have that have enabled him to overcome his disability and succeed in his sport?

Take Action:

  • Matt believes that “impossible is a state of mind”. What “impossible” thing in your life can you change into possible?
  • Visit the U.S. Paralympics website to learn more about Matt and the other Paralympians and how you can support them!

Teacher Features:

  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for elementary school students.
  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for middle school students.


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