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Darlene Hunter has made the most of a terrible tragedy. When she was just four years old, she fell off a bike she was riding with her father. Darlene’s spine was crushed after she got pinned underneath the bike. After two years of rehabilitation and recovery, Hunter got into a wheelchair and her life changed forever.

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Through adaptive sports, she reached great heights in both athletics and society while encouraging others to do the same. In an interview for the X-Games site, Hunter recalls,

“I found sports when I was seven. I know how it changed my life. It gave me a tool to experience life differently. I’ve traveled all over the world because of sports.”

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Sports took Hunter to Rio in 2016 where she helped the United States win a gold medal in the Paralympics in wheelchair basketball. She didn’t stop there. Hunter runs the Dallas Lady Mavericks wheelchair basketball team and is the Chair of the women’s division of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association. She shared her thoughts on the significance of sports and giving on the NWBA’s Facebook page.

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“We recognize and celebrate the importance of girls and women in sports to continue to push for more opportunities for play, and remind us all the importance of mentoring the next generation. It has been amazing to watch the women’s division grow across different levels.”

Like so many others, Darlene Hunter is helping raise the visibility of women and girls in sports and we commend her for her work!

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