The One Step Ahead Foundation was started on the principle that participation in athletics provides opportunities for children to grow and learn through hard work, teamwork and dealing with losses. Some things learned through sports can help children with physical disabilities build self-esteem and self-confidence.
The not-for-profit organization dedicated to giving children with physical disabilities positive experiences through sports to build confidence, courage, and friendship, increase self-esteem, and create a better sense of self-worth all while giving them a positive experience they will use throughout the rest of their lives. This foundation will especially focus on children with limb loss and provide them with the means to participate in various athletics.
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. -Winston Churchill
In life we set goals, we strive to be the best we can, to always make a difference and although it doesn't always turn out the way we want, we have the ability to learn from it.
I have spent the last 18 years of my life helping others see what is possible if you never give up, if you have the courage to dig a little deeper and push past the inner doubt. Last July I had to drop out of the Badwater 135 Ultra marathon, it was one of the most difficult decisions I have had to make.
Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race -Calvin Coolidge
After waiting 6 anxious months to apply, The 2011 Badwater Ultramarathon race field has been selected and I am so happy to hear I will have a spot on the starting line this year. Thank you to the Adventure CORPS board members. I will take all that I have learned as a newcomer to the ultra racing scene and do what it takes to get to the finish line.
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