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Published on August 27th, 2016 | by mpower

Changing the World Through Sports, One Life at a Time

Ryan Martin is on a mission to change lives through sport. Ryan hosts wheelchair basketball camps around the world to get kids out and active.  In his most recent blog he writes about the profound effect that sport has on kids, especially kids with disabilities.  They are given a dream and a drive to possibly one day become Paralympic athletes.  This is the power of sport.

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“… At the end of the week, during one of our breakout educational sessions, we were discussing the Olympics and Paralympics. I asked the athletes if they had been watching the Olympics and they all raised their hands and started talking about Michael Phelps, Simone Biles, and everything they had seen on the television the night before. I then asked if anyone knew when the Paralympics began. The first time wheelchair basketball player, our 8 year old I mentioned earlier, looked at me and asked if someday he could be an Olympian. This is a moment that I will keep in my heart forever. Just discussing the Paralympics has given a child the chance to dream that he too could one day be up on that podium with an Olympic gold medal around his neck.”

Read the full post here.

Ryan Martin is the founder of the Ryan Martin Foundation and he recently launched the Professional Wheelchair Basketball League.  He is a guest blogger for NuMotion and plays ball regularly.

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