Local Heroes Featured In Summer Olympics Video

By KBJR News 1

June 15, 2012 Updated Jun 15, 2012 at 10:27 PM CDT

The inspiring stories of two local men will be seen around the world this summer.

"It keeps everything kind of in the same motion so it's easy on my shoulders. It also gives a great workout to my arms, shoulders and my chest muscles, which are the muscles I do have."

Two local heroes have become successful athletes and are about to get a little more famous.

"Balance is always an issue without having the use of my legs."

Josh and Scott have something in common.

"I'm actually a T7 paraplegic, so I don't have any use of my core muscles."

"I was injured in 1975 as a result of a gunshot wound."

Both of these men lost the use of their legs, yet they have not stopped doing what they love.

"Before my accident, I was really big into mountain biking. That was more of my thing. Then, I did a lot of camping, canoeing, and we did some kayaking. I was a big soccer player."

With his favorite sport being hand cycling.

"When I sail, the boats we are sailing today are single person boats, so I sail solo.

Josh and Scott are being recognized and featured in a video for the Make a Hero Foundation during the 2012 summer Olympics.

"One of the things I like to do is share these experiences with other people, people that haven't had a chance to sail, other people who haven't had the chance to sail and other people who use wheelchairs, to get out and try different activities."

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The Make a Hero Foundation, joined by the Minnesota School of Business students, are creating short videos to create awareness of its everyday heroes.

"What's the best part? The best part is going fast."

Both Josh and Scott are very humble about the experience and have the goal to encourage others to get active.

"The speed and feeling of the wind in your hair. I think that's a big thing for me, when I finally get that in my face, I can hear the wind howl by. For whatever reason for me that's the gold, the twilight. I love it."
In Duluth, Justin Reis, the Northland Newscenter.

The videos will air the week of the summer Olympics, beginning on July 27th.