Athlete Turns Challenges into Blessings - Cincinnati Children's Blog

Athlete Turns Challenges into Blessings

A young Cincinnati Children’s patient known for turning adversity into advantage recently inspired a gym full of basketball fans – and an entire community.

Sam Becker, a McNicholas High School senior who lives in Batavia, was born with cerebral palsy, which affects body movement, muscle control, muscle tone, reflex, posture and balance.

For that reason, Sam wasn’t able to fulfill his dream of playing on his school’s basketball team. But after four years of working as the team manager, Sam recently suited up for a game.

“My life hasn’t been easy growing up with cerebral palsy,” Sam said. “Through all the trials and tribulations, ups and downs, I have learned two things: God has a plan for me and my cerebral palsy is not a disability, it is a gift given to me to accomplish great things.”

Sam even raised $3,000 by selling fluorescent green t-shirts students wore in the bleachers during the game. He’s giving the funds to the Cerebral Palsy Program at Cincinnati Children’s.

“I find it extremely important to help all of those kids with CP, especially those who face greater challenges than I,” he said.

Though he scored no points in the game, the crowd hoisted Sam over their heads anyway.

“I will remember that night forever,” he said.

Read Sam’s story in The Cincinnati Enquirer

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