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Having A Disability Doesn't Change Who You Are, It Reveals Who You Are

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Dan James (@Dgjames70) joined PCA in 2017 as the first Executive Director of the Seattle chapter, where he leads the Chapter in creating a Development Zone culture for Seattle youth sports. Prior to joining PCA, Dan worked for the United States Tennis Association where he led the wheelchair tennis program coaching at 5 Paralympics. He played college tennis at Gustavus Adolphus College and began his coaching career under his head Coach Steve Wilkinson at Tennis and Life Camps.

James talks about the many questions disabled athletes have when first going to play sports: is there going to be a solemnness, fearfulness, and hopelessness? The answer is yes, but most of all there is great joy and bravery that facing these things creates. Great Paralympian tennis player Karin Korb said, "having a disability doesn't change who you are, it magnifies it." Being disabled forces these athletes to face who they really are, and sports help them embrace themselves.