Meet Katy Sullivan, actress, producer, writer and oh, by the way, record-smashing Paralympic track and field athlete.
Adapt and Thrive
The progression of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome threatened to end Tori Isaacson’s fencing career, but after embracing wheelchair fencing, she now has her hopes set on the 2024 Paralympic Games.
Noelle Lambert was one of the best lacrosse players at UMass Lowell, but lost her leg in an accident before her sophomore season. Lambert not only battled back to the box, but worked her way to a spot on the U.S Paralympic Track and Field Team.
Hilary Muehlberger played sports before she was injured in a car crash, but found a community in adaptive sports that led her to Ms. Wheelchair America.
Cailin Curry competes against some of the best in the nation and doesn’t consider blindness a disadvantage in any way.
NWSL player Carson Pickett, who was born without a left forearm, partnered with Nike to create an accessible adaptive soccer cleat.
Move United, formerly known as Disabled Sports USA and a proud partner of GoodSport, is the leader when it comes to creating athletic opportunities for kids and adults with disabilities.
A war cost Christy Gardner her legs, but it couldn’t take away her fighting spirit.
Alana Nichols is the only athlete to win gold in the summer and winter Paralympics. She now leads the preeminent women’s sports organization.
They aren’t always the biggest names in sports but adaptive athletes have amazing stories of perseverance and will. Here are some.
Despite facing obstacles at a young age, Bethany Hamilton, Carson Pickett, and Scout Bassett havd successful careers while also advocating for more visibility for athletes with disabilities.
Darlene Hunter overcame a childhood accident to become a leader in adaptive sports.
Paralyzed from the waist down at 17, the Paralympian rose to new heights in the sport she loves.
The former marine overcomes the loss of her leg to reach great heights and become an inspiration for those with disabilities.
Scout Bassett overcomes hardship to be an inspiration to those with disabilities.
Allysa Seely had plenty of doubters on the way to winning gold, but she left them all in her rearview mirror.
Paralyzed from a car accident, Tricia Downing accomplishes all of her sports dreams.
Shawn Morelli recovers from traumatic injuries suffered in a war to become an Olympic champion.
Jennifer Schuble overcomes a brain injury and devastating disease to dominate the para-cycling world.
Paralyzed from the hips down from polio, Minda Dentler battles through obstacles to make history in the toughest endurance event in sports.
An accident left Hannah Gavios without the full use of her legs, but that wasn’t enough to keep her from finishing the New York City Marathon.
After being paralyzed in a car accident, Candace Cable became a champion in sports.