31 Days of SMA: Adaptive Sports and SMA

31 Days of SMA: Adaptive Sports and SMA

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Day 7 of 31 Days of SMA⁣⠀ Topic: Adaptive Sports and SMA⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ This is Josh Cueter's Story:⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ Growing up I have always been an avid sports fan, from playing tee ball to different sports at recess, I always wanted to be involved as much as I could. Yet, as I got older, my SMA symptoms separated me from the sports I was used to playing, turning me to adaptive sports. Getting involved in Miracle League Baseball, adaptive skiing, and wheelchair floor hockey I ended up becoming involved with sports more than I could have originally dreamed of. While all of my friends were off at their own practices throughout middle and high school, I was able to lean on my own sports and activities to keep me busy and grow as a young adult. ⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ I originally joined the Wheelchair Hockey League just to play hockey, but I was inserted into an awesome world that I didn’t even know existed. Hockey introduced me to a whole new group of people who shared all of the same interests of contest and athletics that I did. That lead to new friendships that will never go away and has also allowed me to travel around the U.S. and Canada to compete in places I never thought I would. Through the connections and experiences, hockey has allowed me to create an identity that I use to be a captain within my hockey league and to help out the younger players just like when I first started playing. ⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ Wheelchair floor hockey, and adaptive sports in general, has allowed me to experience the adrenaline of competition. From the highs of winning to the lows of losing I have learned to channel that adversity into my everyday life as I live with SMA. Knowing that SMA does not define me I have learned to make my own rules to attain my goals.

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Kevin Schaefer is a writer from Cary, North Carolina with SMA Type II. He studied English at NC State University with concentrations in film studies and creative writing, and since graduating he’s been focused on freelance journalism as well as writing comic book scripts. When he’s not writing or consuming excessive amounts of comic books and movies, he enjoys spending time with family and friends and considers himself blessed that they put up with his ramblings. He is the youngest of three and lives with his parents and dog Pandora. The dog gets the most attention.
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Kevin Schaefer is a writer from Cary, North Carolina with SMA Type II. He studied English at NC State University with concentrations in film studies and creative writing, and since graduating he’s been focused on freelance journalism as well as writing comic book scripts. When he’s not writing or consuming excessive amounts of comic books and movies, he enjoys spending time with family and friends and considers himself blessed that they put up with his ramblings. He is the youngest of three and lives with his parents and dog Pandora. The dog gets the most attention.

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