Power to Win Team Athlete: Track & Field Paralympian
Jason Rodie was born 4 months premature and developed cerebral palsy after being dropped as a baby. Faced with what for many would be insurmountable physical and health challenges, Rodie could have easily limited his lifelong ambitions. Instead, he pushed himself in basketball and boxing from a young age, and today, he is training full time for the Paralympic team with a goal of attending the 2016 games in Rio, Brazil in track & field.
“I am still pretty new to the sport of track & field, which may be one reason I have done so well thus far,” said Rodie. Doing well is an understatement. In May 2014, Rodie placed second in the long jump at the Desert Challenge Games Grand Prix in Mesa, Ariz. Organized by the International Paralympic Committee to provide high-level international competition, the Desert Challenge is one of only nine Grand Prix events hosted internationally, and the only one in the United States.
In 2006, Rodie founded the J. Rodie Hope Alliance to support children and families living with Cerebral palsy and to raise funds for ongoing efforts to find a cure. Through his athletic achievements and generosity, Rodie is living his philosophy that anything can be overcome if you see it, believe it and put in the work toward making it happen. Connect with Jason Rodie via his blog/website.
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