Dartanyon Crockett Finalist for Cleveland Athlete of the Year

Jan. 20, 2014, 9:42 p.m. (ET)

Paralympic Bronze Medalist Dartanyon Crockett, featured in two ESPN documentaries about his inspiring climb to the podium in London where he received a bronze medal in judo at the Paralympic Games, has been named a finalist for a Greater Cleveland Sports Award.

His life is inspiring because, in some ways, his ascent seems impossible. He was born into a world of drugs and dangerous neighborhoods. He was also legally blind. Through his breathtaking friendship with a fellow high school wrestler, the goodness of others and his own willpower to prevail, Crockett became a symbol of human spirit.

See the ESPN follow-up documentary on YouTube at http://youtu.be/R7b9DJQZtps

Dartanyon, who lives and prepares for elite competition at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO, is a finalist for the Amateur Athlete of the Year, alongside Lee Kiefer, USA Fencing, Cleveland, and Jason Pryor, USA Fencing, South Euclid.

Awards will be announced Thursday at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel Grand Ballroom. The event serves as the primary yearly fundraiser for the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. In addition to the Amateur Athlete of the Year, award will be presented for the Professional Athlete of the year, Collegiate and High School athletes of the year.

For more information on the event, go to: http://www.clevelandsports.org/news.aspx