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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1987 - The Community. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 17, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/25027/show/24864.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1987 - The Community. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/25027/show/24864

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Students of the University of Houston, Houstonian 1987 - The Community, Houstonian Yearbook Collection, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries, accessed September 17, 2014, http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/25027/show/24864.

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Title Houstonian 1987
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  • Students of the University of Houston
Caption The Houstonian is the official yearbook of the University of Houston.
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  • University of Houston
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Title The Community
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  • Students of the University of Houston
Caption The Houstonian is the official yearbook of the University of Houston.
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  • University of Houston
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
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Transcript If you expect this to be a story in the spirit of a typical prime- time movie about a courageous disabled person who overcomes all obstacles to become the world's greatest athlete, well this may disappoint you. There are, however, two aspects of the above scenario that do parallel my life. First of all, the diabled character in the movie usually has the support of his friends to help him deal with his disability and to urge hiim on to victory in his endeavors; secondly, the feeling taht he gets from his favorite pasttime helps him to excel to the top. Using the analogy of the prime-time movie as a parallel to my life would be, for the most part, inaccurate. I'm not courageous. Courage denotes a willingness to choose a sitiuation; and I did not choose to be disabled, I simply accepted it. The element that makes my acceptance easy and even worthwhile is the acceptance of others. Since coming to the University of Houston, I have discovered a very real atmospher of acceptance. One of the highest compliments that can be atteributed to me is when one of my friends feels free to "experience" my wheelchair when I'm not using it - I'm sure some of them wouldn't mind dumping me out of it so that they could get their paws' on it - but the fact that they don't consider my chair to be a "taboo" that might curse them with a future disability shows one aspect of their acceptance. I don't consider the use of my wheelchair by my friends to be disrespectful of my disability in the least; the best way to respect a pwerson's imperfection is to ignore the imperfection. Just as the people I've met have increased my feelings of self- worth, so has my participation in sports. Wheelchair Basketball is probably one of the least known sports on the campus; but it is not, by any means, any less competitive or any less exciting than the other sports played at U ofH. The same holds with the other sports in which I compete (wheelchair soccer, track and field, and wheelchair slalom). When I compete in any of these sports, it is not my disability that's being challenged, but it is my ability being showcased; and with each basket I shoot, each discus I throw, or each race I run, I feel the same feeling that every athlete that has ever played a sport on this campus has felt, whether the athlete bye Akeem Olijawon or a P.E. student shooting baskets at Melcher gym - I feel anxious before, tired after, and great in between.