Parents and teachers at Big Tree Elementary School, in Hamburg, New York, invited Adam Page to speak to the student body about his life overcoming the challenges of spina bifida, a condition that left him paralyzed below the knees. Adam, a three-time Paralympic sled hockey gold medalist with Team USA, and vice-president of The Sled Hockey Foundation’s (SHF) Board of Directors, spoke about his life growing up with mobility disability and striving to achieve his goals as an athlete and student.
Adam’s story of courage and commitment inspired a tremendous dialogue with the students as dozens of questions were posed throughout the 90-minute program. The assembly was held to promote awareness and sensitivity among the students regarding the challenges faced by kids with disabilities.
“My message is meant to encourage all kids, and those with disabilities especially, to work hard in school, stay focused on their goals, and have fun doing something they love – to believe they can do anything,” Adam said.
The SHF’s mission is to provide opportunity for individuals with disabilities to participate in adaptive sports and, through this participation, develop the social, emotional, and physical confidence necessary to become leaders in the community.
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