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Rory (Craig) Koonce – Making the Impossible Possible!

In many ways, Rory Koonce is just an ordinary young man. But in one very special way, Rory (who also goes by Craig) is anything but ordinary. You see, Rory is a talented athlete – an avid competitor in the sport of weightlifting. His weightlifting success is an amazing feat in and of itself. But it…

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Maurice Cheeks – Basketball Player, NBA Coach and….Singer?

Maurice Cheeks is best known for his basketball skill – he is a talented, famous NBA coach and player. However, on April 25, 2003, Maurice took on a different role. On that day, he played the role of good Samaritan….. Before the start of the Trail Blazers NBA game that day, a young girl named Natalie Gilbert…

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Thelma Tavares – Even at 87, She Really Packed a Punch!

At 87 years old, Thelma Tavares looked very much like she might be someone’s great-grandmother. She had white hair and glasses, and she hobbled along with the aid of a crutch. But when Thelma stepped into the Boys and Girls Club of Truckee Meadows every day, she turned into someone nobody would expect – the coach for the…

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Kerri Strug – A Big Olympic Hero in a Tiny Package

In 1996, Kerri Strug was a tiny teenager with a shy personality. But when it came to gymnastics, Kerri was anything but shy. She was a dedicated athlete and a fierce competitor. And in the 1996 Olympics, Kerri showed a strength and determination that belied her small size. It was the night of the women’s gymnastics team…

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Muffy Davis – A Detoured Dream Renewed by Determination

When Muffy Davis was a teenager, she was a talented and avid skier with hopes of competing in the Olympics. But in February 1989, that all changed when Muffy had a ski accident that left her a paraplegic. Devastated, she turned to other activities. But eventually, her passion for skiing resumed, and she decided to…

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Gallaudet Women’s Basketball Team – Overcoming Adversity to Shine on the Court

For the Gallaudet women’s basketball team and their coach Kevin Cook, giving up is not an option. That was a lesson each of the women learned early on. These women are not just good at basketball….. they’re also deaf! So it has taken perseverance just for each of them to make their daily lives work. And a few…

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DJ Gregory – An Inspirational Feat, One Tough Step at a Time

DJ Gregory was a man with a goal. It was a big goal related to his chosen sport of golf. His goal was that in the 2008 PGA Tour, he would walk every hole of every round of every tournament. This was something very few golfers did. But for DJ, it was an even bigger goal, because…

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Ellis Hobbs – A Grounded Eagle Who Gave Wings to a Poor Community

Ellis Hobbs is a guy who had it all. He was a key player for the Philadelphia Eagles football team. But on November 21, 2010, that changed. In a game against the New York Giants, Ellis took a hit to his helmet and went down. He injured his neck and left the game. Later he found out that his neck…

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Chelsea Baker, 13 – This Pitching Phenom Is Going Places

Chelsea Baker is no normal 13-year-old. She can throw a fastball 65 miles an hour! And with the help of a great mentor, a retired pro baseball pitcher, Chelsea also learned how to throw a knuckleball. She’s one of the best young pitchers in the country and she’s breaking barriers every day. Chelsea has already thrown two perfect…

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One-Armed High School Football Receiver Inspires a Community

Chance Anthony is a senior starter for his high school football team. He was born with the lower part of his right arm missing. Yet even so, as the lead receiver for the team, his receptions have gone for over 200 yards and two touchdowns. He’s also had 12 solo tackles on defense. When he…

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