Nike just signed its first ever athlete with cerebral palsy. Justin Gallegos, a cross country runner from Oregon, broke down in tears as he was surprised with the deal. The moment was captured by Eleveation 0m.
Justin, a junior at the University of Oregon, grew up with walkers and leg braces. His condition affected his muscular coordination and balance, and yet, immediately found his love of running when we was Grade 9.
Nike has been aware of Justin when he was still a runner in high school, and has actually worked with him to help develop a shoe for runners with disabilities. As Justin would say it, “Growing up with a disability, the thought of becoming a professional athlete is as I have said before like the thought of climbing Mt. Everest!”.
It’s stories like this which make you aspire to be the best in who you are and what you do. Some people have had tougher situations than we do, and determination and passion has always been key to striving past obstacles and hardships.
It’s impossible until it’s done. Trust the process. Do what you love. Just do it.