Athlete Spotlight - Zachary Grover

Posted: May 10, 2016

My name is Zachary.  I am 11 years old and have a mild form of cerebral palsy.  My family and I learned about ASRA after my mom read an article in the newspaper about the Stroll and Roll about five years ago.  I have been going to their summer camp ever since.  I now play sled hockey through ASRA and am very glad we learned about the organization.  I have also played wheelchair rugby through ASRA .  This will be my 5th year at camp, and I am very excited.

 

I am a sports fanatic, and I enjoy the ASRA adaptive sports camp because it allows me to try many adaptive sports that I would not have gotten to try if I was not in the camp.  I had no idea there was wheelchair soccer until I went to camp.  Same thing with golf.  Adaptive sports lets people with disabilities or setbacks play the sport they love.  I am not able to ice skate and I thought I would never get to play hockey, just dream of playing it.  Then we found out about sled hockey and now my dream is a reality.  Adaptive sports mean a lot to me.  I can play basketball and golf.  However, I would never have played tennis and didn’t’ even know I could until I came to camp and they got me in a wheelchair.  It was amazing!  It’s a whole different world.  Same thing with wheelchair rugby.  I didn’t even know there was such a sport, until you guessed it, at camp.

 

ASRA has introduced me to many different sports, and the organization has truly changed my life for the better.  It’s an amazing organization and I hope many more kids will learn about adaptive sports and try them through ASRA.  You are really missing something if you don’t.  That’s my story.  I hope you are now inspired to try adaptive sports and learn ASRA’s mission.

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