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Believe: My Faith and the Tackle That Changed My Life
by Eric LeGrand Details
The defensive lineman for the Rutgers University Scarlet Knights, who was paralyzed from the neck down after suffering a severe spinal injury during a game, shares the transformative journey he calls "the best year of his life" during which he, guided by faith and optimism, triumphed over pain and adversity.
Crystal Clear: The Inspiring Story of How an Olympic Athlete Lost His Legs Due to Crystal Meth and Found a Better Life
by Eric LeMarque Details
In this gripping first-person account, former Olympian Eric LeMarque recounts a harrowing tale of survival--of eight days in the frozen wilderness, of losing his legs to frostbite, and coming face-to-face with death. But Eric's ordeal on the mountain was only part of his struggle for survival--as he reveals, with startling candor, an even more harrowing and inspiring tale of fame and addiction, healing and triumph.
Devoted: The Story of a Father's Love For His Son
by Dick Hoyt Details
Born a spastic quadriplegic, Rick Hoyt was written off by numerous doctors, but his parents, Dick and Judy Hoyt, were determined to give their son all the opportunities of a "normal" kid.In 1977, fifteen-year-old Rick asked his dad to enter a charity race. The twist? Rick wanted to run it too. Dick had never run a race before, and the thought of pushing his son's wheelchair while running was daunting. But, once again, Dick and Rick were determined to overcome any obstacle. More than one thousand races later, the devoted father son duo is affectionately known worldwide as Team Hoyt and continue to move people with their trademark motto: "Yes, you can."
Imperfect: An Improbable Life
by Jim Abbott Details
Born without a right hand, Jim Abbott dreamed of someday being a great athlete. Raised in Flint, Michigan, by parents who encouraged him to compete, Jim would become an ace pitcher for the University of Michigan. In this honest and insightful book, Jim Abbott reveals the challenges he faced in becoming an elite pitcher, the insecurities he dealt with in a life spent as the different one, and the intense emotion generated by his encounters with disabled children from around the country. With a riveting pitch-by-pitch account of his no-hitter providing the ideal frame for his story, this unique athlete offers readers an extraordinary and unforgettable memoir.
No excuses : growing up deaf and achieving my Super Bowl dreams
by Jr. Coleman Details
The first deaf athlete to play offense in the NFL--and win a Super Bowl with the Seattle Seahawks--relates his story of hard work and determination on his challenging journey to become a professional football player.
One Letter at a Time
by Dick Hoyt Details
Rick Hoyt was born a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy. Doctors advised his parents that their offspring would be "nothing more than a vegetable." The Hoyts ignored this dour prediction and their "bouncing baby vegetable" has lived a life overflowing with accomplishments. Read the inspirational story as told by Rick Hoyt, who uses his specially designed computer along with his unique method of communicating to share his amazing story. One letter at a time also contains dozens of stories written by those who have had their lives positively impacted by Rick.
Running on Faith: The Principles, Passion, and Pursuit of a Winning Life
by Jason Lester Details
Jason Lester is a disabled ultra-endurance athlete and winner of ESPN's 2009 ESPY Award for "Best Disabled Male Athlete." He tells his remarkable story in Running on Faith, offering readers an inspirational guide to overcoming adversity, reaching your goals, and recognizing God's guiding hand in your life.
Unstoppable: From Underdog to Undefeated: How I Became a Champion
by Anthony Robles Details
Anthony Robles is a three-time all-American wrestler, the 2011 NCAA National Wrestling Champion, and a Nike-sponsored athlete. He was also born without his right leg. Doctors could not explain to his mother, Judy, what led to the birth defect, but at the age of five, the one-legged toddler scaled a fifty-foot pole unassisted. From that moment on, Judy knew without a doubt that her son would be unstoppable.
Unthinkable
by Scott Rigsby Details
After losing both of his legs in a car accident at age 18, Scott Rigsby battled his way back from depression and addiction to achieve the unthinkable--become the first double-leg amputee ever to cross the finish line in the sporting world's most grueling and prestigious competition, the Ironman Triathlon. Scott has since become an inspiration to hundreds of thousands of physically challenged and able-bodied athletes the world over. Unthinkable documents Scott's remarkable journey.
Updated 06/21/2015

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