Running For Others With Disabilities
Nothing has come easy for Scout Bassett. In fact, she’s had to deal with a tremendous amount of physical and psychological pain for her entire life.
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“I have gone through some really difficult hardships in my life,” Bassett said during an interview on Yahoo Sports’ livestream called #WeKeepPlaying. “I had some unthinkable challenges and trauma,” said Bassett, who is now 31-years-old. “I’m fueled by my faith and I’ve been able to overcome so much of that by the will to push forward to overcome it and survive.”
Bassett was adopted by a family in Michigan and ultimately earned a scholarship to UCLA. She became a world-class para-athlete, but she is much more than that. She is a role model to so many young girls and women with disabilities and once posed for ESPN Magazine’s “The Body Issue.”
“I did it because society has told people with disabilities to hide – to hide those scars and not have them seen,” she said. “Women with disabilities have largely been viewed as deficient. With men, it’s heroic. I posed for ESPN to show everyone that I am powerful. The disabilities don’t take away from my strength or beauty or what I stand for.”
Bassett stands for other girls and women with disabilities and is invigorated by many of those that she works with.
“Growing up I didn’t see people like myself on television or on a billboard. I grew up alone and felt like maybe I was an outlier in society. It’s why I do what I do now and to be able to mentor them, and show that regardless of what you look like, you can be strong and beautiful and I’m inspired by the girls I get to help along their journey.”