Having A Disability Doesn't Change Who You Are, It Reveals Who You Are
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Dan James (@Dgjames70) 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. Dan James was formerly PCA-Seattle Executive Director.
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.