Andrew Lee, 19, is a student-athlete at Palomar College in San Diego, CA. He competed at the Collegiate Wheelchair Tennis Championships in Orlando, FL, April 20-22nd. Andrew is an ABC Medical Scholarship recipient and we are excited to present him as part of our adaptive athlete spotlight this week!
I have felt for sometime the moral responsibility to give back freely to the sport of wheelchair basketball....Why ? Well, I have been given so much from the sport it’s difficult for me to take it casually.
I believe I was wheelchair basketball’s first professional player. I never played ball in another country for money, but in the 80s and 90s my job at Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation paid me well for every game and sport I played. I also had sponsors of the kind that equaled a separate salary.
In addition and most importantly I met my wife Sandy, at a ‘Final Four’ in Cleveland, Ohio and that makes me the luckiest man in the world. I am blessed by my two children and two grandsons.
So as you can see with the few examples above, wheelchair ball has given me everything. How can I not be eternally grateful from all that I have been blessed with?
What’s sunny and warm with an ocean breeze and a lifestyle that exudes health and fitness year-round??? Seems so obvious to me! Yes it’s San Diego!! Well, I set myself up for success because of my SoCal roots and the fact I just spent time in January at San Diego State University.
"What's going on at SDSU? I can't follow anymore!"
"Does San Diego State have a wheelchair basketball team?"
"Why not support a school in the Northeast, closer to you?"
"Are there other colleges and universities in your radar?"
Dare to Have a Voice. Your Voice Matters to Plant the Seeds of Hope in this World!
Politics and sports.
These two words have always represented two separate and divergent worlds to me.
That is no longer the case anymore.
Passion, according to William- Webster, is "an intense desire or enthusiasm for something."
Most people live their entire lives working day in and day out in without ever finding their true passion" says Sean Kelker from San Jose, CA. "To me, passion is being able to work endlessly on an engineering or programming project, so intensely and so focused that I lose track of time, myself and my own physical limitations" he writes in her essay.
Sean recently graduated from the Pioneer High School and will be pursuing a Bachelors of Science Degree at Santa Clara University in the fall.
Congratulations to Ana Vargas from San Diego, CA on earning an ABC Medical Scholarship!
Abby has recently committed to playing for the University of Illiniois Women's Wheelchiar Basketball Team, starting in Fall 2017. "I am dreaming of wearing USA across my chest and represent my country at the Paralympic Games"
Pompton Plains, NJ native, 18 y.o. Stephen Machak is the recipient of the 2017 Spring ABC Medical scholarship for his leadership skills and the competitiveness he has examplified throughout his application. Congratulations Stephen Machak!
As an honors student and "a multi-sports athlete," Stephen has been playing adaptive sports since he was 5. He joined the Children's Lightning Wheels PSC for track & field and added wheelchair basketball shortly after.