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Community-integrated distance races
How to live a rich and independent life in a wheelchair
Racing, team sports and life skills testing through participation in major sports
Individualized CrossFit training and aqua-therapy
Competitive league play within the National Wheelchair Football League
Connecting Veterans statewide
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On November 12, 2004, I was severely injured from a suicide car bomber while deployed to Iraq. After a short period in a wheelchair, I resumed “normal” activities. But my physical injuries prevented me from participating in “normal” sports activities. On top of that, I was fighting a demon called PTSD.
During those dark times, I desperately needed something I was familiar with - sports. Sports were a big part of my life before being deployed, and clearly missing in my life after I returned from Iraq.
Adaptive sports were my lifeline as I struggled to get out of my “rut.” Sports helped me heal and reconnect with my community. Wisconsin Adaptive Sports Association (WASA) became a crucial remedy. I became one of the founders of WASA and also compete as an athlete in the disabled category.
On July 16, 2003, while serving with the Army’s 3rd Inf. Div., in Baghdad, I was conducting a patrol mission when my Humvee hit an anti-tank landmine.
My life changed in a split second. I suffered severe facial and body burns, damage to my left eye, a fractured left forearm and severe lower body injuries that required the amputation of both legs.
I returned stateside to recover at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where I met a fellow Iraq War veteran and double amputee who introduced me to adaptive sports. I am competitive by nature and wanted relationships with fellow vets, so this seemed like a good idea.
During the past 15 years, I have participated and excelled in adaptive sports, competing nationally in wheelchair lacrosse, basketball, hand-cycling, snowboarding and weightlifting. I am also a long-standing member of the Wounded Warriors Amputee football team in Milwaukee. I plan to now compete with the newly formed WASA Packers as well.