Athletic Brand Nike Signs Its First Athlete With Cerebral Palsy And He Could Not Believe It

Date October 12, 2018

When you hear these words ‘keep pushing, you'll soon get there,’ it is best to believe them. Life is filled with many uncertainties and setbacks, but eventually the fighters always win.

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Years upon years, Justin trained his body until he eventually learned to run, beating all the odds to do what no one thought was possible.

A fighter, Justin kept pushing on merely for his love of it, as he didn't know he was being watched. Until a fateful day his life changed.

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Justin, like many other contestants, took part in a cross country race. He didn't know, however, that the cameras were aimed at him. On the 6th of October, a day for the celebration of World Cerebral Palsy Day, Justin was met with the news that he had just received a contract from Nike.


Today on world Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day, I reached a milestone in my running journey! Today I made Nike history and became the very first athlete with Cerebral Palsy to sign a contract with Nike! You don’t realize how realistic and emotional your dreams are until they play out before your very eyes! Signing this contract was a huge success for me and I would not have made it without my friends and family and teammates! This was perhaps the most emotional moment in my seven years of running! 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 is definitely possible, but the odds are most definitely not in your favor! Hard work pays off! Hundreds of miles, blood, sweat, and tears has lead me here along with a few permanent scars! But the journey is damn sure not over!!! Looking back, I would guess there is only a few select people who would see me were I am today! I have gone through just about everything in the book to be where I am today! I was once a kid in leg braces who could barely put on foot in front of the other! Now I have signed a three year contract with Nike Running! Trust the process! And most of all trust in God! God is good! Thank you to all my friends, family, and teammates on running club, and now a brand new atmosphere on teammates with Nike! This moment will live forever! Thank you everyone for helping show the world that there is No Such Thing As A Disability! #ProfessionalAthlete #SWOOSH #Nike72 #NikeTrackandField #NikeXC #ThereIsNoFinishLine #StrongerEveryMile #NoSuchThingAsADisability #NikeRunning #Limitless #Breaking2 Video Credits: @elevation0m

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Nike, an ever-growing and supporting organization, went further ahead to design custom-made shoes for Justin, ‘The AirZom Pegasus 35 FlyBase'. Justin has shown the world that nothing is impossible. A truly inspirational story!

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