Thursday, March 01, 2007

Showing School Sprit While Overcoming Staggering Challenges

This story goes back a way, but it is so cool that, once I was tipped to it, I wanted to share it with you.

University of Louisville band member Patrick Henry Hughes, who has captured national headlines for his inspiring story of determination and remarkable achievement despite being physically challenged, is this year's recipient of the 2006 Disney's Wide World of Sports Spirit Award, given each year to college football's most inspirational figure.

Despite being born with a rare genetic disorder that left him with no eyes and the inability to fully straighten his arms or legs, Hughes is excelling as college freshman. With his dad guiding his way, Hughes is a trumpet player in the University of Louisville marching band, a concert pianist who has performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., a recording artist and, most important, a straight-A student. The significant role of marching bands amid the landscape of college football, coupled with Hughes' remarkable achievements despite his physical challenges, made him the overwhelming choice for Disney's Spirit Award even though the award has traditionally been given to a student-athlete.

Click here to read the entire story on the WHAS Crusade For Children website.

Thanks to NCAA Hoops Today for the tip.


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