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Sarah Reinertsen – "Tougher Than the Rest"

Sarah Reinertsen is an incredible athlete, having competed in and finished one of the world’s most grueling races – the Ironman Triathlon World Championship. Although this would be a tremendous feat for anyone, it is even more amazing for Sarah. That’s because Sarah is an amputee! When Sarah was a young girl, her left leg…

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Chrysa Nowell – Bringing New Meaning to the Words "Competitive Athlete"!

15-year-old Chrysa Nowell is a competitive athlete, swimming on her high school’s swim team. When Chrysa gets in the pool, she doesn’t outswim anyone, and she never places in any of her meets. Yet she is one of the most dedicated and beloved competitors of all. That’s because Chrysa has a disease called arthrogryposis that…

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Why Can't Playgrounds Be For Special Needs Kids Too?

“How come we never see a child with a disability at a park?” This casual remark from the parent of a child with a developmental disability inspired the idea of Kilikili, an organization dedicated to creating play spaces for ALL children, including those with disabilities. The founders of Kilikili realized that while some parks have…

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Giavanni Ruffin – Determination Beyond Compare

At East Carolina University, Giavanni Ruffin was a talented, promising football player. However, when the time came for the NFL draft, Giavanni somehow didn’t get picked. But Giavanni didn’t let that discourage him. Instead, he became a free agent and got to work making sure he and his game were in top form. Currently, Giavanni is still a free agent,…

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Pride, Determination, Resilience (PDR) – The Amazing Swim Team of Jim Ellis

Pride, determination, and resilience – combine these three qualities, and you’ve got a solid foundation for excellence. To Jim Ellis, these qualities were important ones to teach kids, especially underserved kids who might not have many examples of them. Jim chose to teach kids these qualities by sharing with them something he loved – swimming. In 1972, Jim…

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Gridiron Heroes – Offering Seeds of Hope to Fallen Athletes

In 2001, Chris Canales was a star athlete on his high school football team. On November 2, 2001, he was having an incredible game, playing in top form. However, with one tragic hit, that all changed in an instant. That hit paralyzed Chris, ending his football career and altering his life forever. After his paralysis, Chris and his family felt…

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Michael Milton – Unstoppable, Even on One Leg!

For Michael Milton, skiing was almost second nature. Born into a family of skiers, Michael learned to ski by the time he was three years old. But then when he was nine, tragedy struck. Michael was diagnosed with bone cancer, and as a result of the disease he lost a leg. At the time, Michael’s only question…

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U.S. Iraq Veterans Find New Hope As Paralympic Athletes

Melissa Stockwell and Scott Winkler are two U.S. veterans who became handicapped in Iraq. Upon their returns home, each found a new lease in life by pursuing a sport – Melissa began swimming and Scott took up shot put. Both athletes not only pursued their sports, but even went so far as to compete in the 2008 Paralympics! This video tells the story…

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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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