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Student-Athlete Set to Play Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball at Auburn University

[fa icon="calendar"] Jun 16, 2017 11:59:28 AM / by Işıl Tanyeri

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ABC Medical is excited to announce that Fisher Rizk has received a scholarship and is committed to attend Auburn University in the upcoming fall. 

An Alabama native, Fisher is a 19 year-old student is full of passion for life and people.

A year after sustaining a spinal cord injury due to a motorcross accident in 2015, Fisher was at an adaptive sport camp at Shepherd's Center in Atlanta, where he "instantly fell in love with wheelchar basketball."

Back in Arab, his hometown, he immediately joined a Jr. varsity team at University of Alabama in Huntsville to learn the basics of the game and improve skills. Only within 3 months of playing basketball, Fisher received multiple offers from schools to play at the collegiate level and he chose Auburn. fisher rizk1.jpg

"Today, after a year of playing wheelchair basketball, I have committed to play for Auburn University and aspire to compete in the upcoming Paralympic Games for Team USA," Fisher wrote.  While, Fisher shares his excitement to be part of the wheelchair basketball program at Auburn under the leadership of head coach, Robb Taylor, a two-time Paralympic Coach, he also plans to prioritize his academics, as a chemical engineering major to get a job in the biomedical field upon graduation. 

Learn how to train and live like a Paralympic Athlete.  

What does Adapt.Believe.Compete. mean to you?

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"Since my injury in 2015, my life has been a perfect representation of this motto. I've not only had to adapt the way that I play sports, but also the way I live my life. I had to learn to adapt certain every everyday tasks in a way so I could still accomplish them independently. This doesn't necessarily mean that these tasks are harder, but just that they may have to be done in a more strategic or functional way. When I began playing adaptive sports, I hadno idea of the opportunities available to me.  After seeing college wheelchair basketball teams on the internet and on TV, I believe that with enough hard work and determination I could compete on the same level as those athletes. In the end, my drive to adapt,believe, and compete led me to achieve my dream of becoming a collegiate athlete." 

To get to the level he's at today, Fisher points out the importance of commitment and hard work. "I've spend the majority of my free time during high school, furthering my career in basketball, whether I'm at the gym, dribbling a basketball in my garage, or out on the court practicing with my team." 

Between basketball and school work, Fisher also enjoys playing guitar and spending time with his friends. He serves at his local church and leads a weekly small group discusssion to connect with other people. 

"I try to take advantage of every opportunity possible to live a better and a more exciting life." 

Congratulations Fisher Rizk! Best of luck in your future endeavors. 

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Topics: adaptive sports, wheelchair basketball, scholarship stories, student-athlete, college life

Işıl Tanyeri

Written by Işıl Tanyeri