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Adults in Wheelchairs Provide Real-Life Examples of What Living Beyond a Disability Means

Posted by PVA Staff on Jul 18, 2017 4:00:27 AM

Like any eight-year-old boy, Gideon loves sports. He’s adventurous and active, bright, funny, and one-of-a-kind. He loves art and music; especially singing and dancing to Maroon 5’s song, “Moves Like Jagger.” He also has Cerebral Palsy. Yet, that doesn’t stop him from competing. Through adaptive sports and organizations like TOPSoccer, Miracle League and Greater Cincinnati Adaptive Sports Club, Gideon plays everything from baseball to soccer to basketball.

“Just because your child might have a disability doesn't mean they aren’t a kid, first and foremost,” said Gideon’s mother, Sara. “Gideon is an eight-year-old boy who wants to play and do EVERYTHING. He just happens to be in a wheelchair. There will be things he might not ever be able to do—any child will have to face that truth—but being part of a team, scoring a goal, hitting a home run or sinking that last minute buzzer shot, those are things Gideon will experience!”

As the National Veterans Wheelchair Games comes to Cincinnati, Gideon will get to experience the Games and Kid’s Day for the first time. For Sara, that means he’ll get to see grown-ups in wheelchairs who are thriving and providing visual examples for her son that he can be more than just his disability. For Gideon, “he’s just excited to get out there and play,” says Sara.

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