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Skip’s Story

real raceSkip Wilkins was a friend of my dads.  He made a lasting impression on me, my dad, and many others around the world.  His story is one of acceptance and resiliency.  It is one of making the most out of life, regardless of your circumstances.  It is one of hope.  It is one of perseverance and determination.  Skip truly was an inspiration.

In high school, Skip was a football player and a track and field star.  His senior year, he received over twenty recruitment letters from college football coaches.  His future looked bright.

He would not go on to play college ball.  Three days after his high school graduation, he injured his spinal cord in a waterskiing accident, leaving him permanently paralyzed from the waist down.  He was left with some mobility in his arms and little control over his hands. Continue reading