U.S. Paralympics

U.S. Paralympics

Second episode of Exceleration to air December 11

Dec. 08, 2010, 2:49 p.m. (ET)
Exceleration presented by the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA.org) moves into the holiday season showcasing the wide variety of sports available to the disabled athletic community this Saturday, December 11th on Fox Sports Net (FSN) with a repeat airing on Thursday, December 16th. Comcast Sports (CSN) will televise Exceleration in select markets. Check local listings for airtimes.
 

In this show, Exceleration profiles Paralympic basketball star Paul Schulte, once the youngest member of the USA's Paralympic gold medal winning team in Sydney 2000. Today, Paul is one of the most versatile and revered players in the world. His passion for the game extends beyond the court as he works as a design engineer creating some of fastest sports chairs on the market. Schulte, who recently became a father, symbolizes the determination of today's disabled athletes.

Next, you will not want to miss the story of 22 year-old Blake Leeper. Born with a congenital birth defect, Blake was fitted with his first set of prosthetic legs at only 9 months old. Coached by his father he quickly discovered that he was going to be held to the same high standards as all the other kids. Now a sophomore at the University of Tennessee, Leeper is training for the 2011 World Championships in New Zealand.

In our Paralyzed Veterans of America feature "In Their Own Words" we catch up with Holly Koester at the 35th Marine Corps Marathon in Washington D.C. On August 2nd Holly realized her goal of completing a marathon in all 50 states using her push-rim racing chair. Ironically, while the former Army captain was always athletic she had never done a marathon until she lost her ability to walk 18 years ago. The Marine Corps Marathon marked Koester's 102nd marathon!

Finally in this edition of Exceleration you will meet two friends, Ryan Baker and Bill Lindstrom working toward establishing a new sport, adaptive wheelchair lacrosse. The two founders have a dream of holding world-wide camps and clinics to hopefully take this hard hitting sport to the highest level of athletic competition. Exceleration is presented by Paralyzed Veterans of America.

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