Building Resilience Through Sports With Paralympian Alana Nichols
Moderated by Ideastream's Zaria Johson, join us this forum as Nichols shares her journey of resilience, identity and passion for challenging herself and others.
Sports were not just a way for Alana Nichols to stay active when she was growing up; they were her identity. At age 17, Nichols suffered a traumatic spinal cord injury while snowboarding, leaving her paralyzed from the waist down. Believing her athletic career to be over, she attended a wheelchair basketball game during her freshman year of college, which reignited her passion for athletic achievement and adventure.
Nichols went on to compete in four consecutive Paralympic Games and is the first woman Paralympian to win gold medals at both the Summer and Winter Games. She has competed in wheelchair basketball, Paralympic alpine monoskiing, and at her final Paralympic appearance in Rio, Brazil, paracanoeing.
As part of Greater Cleveland Sports Commission's Velocity community programming, this annual speaker series will be hosted by the historic City Club of Cleveland, featuring pioneers in sports to discuss topics such as athlete activism, social justice, women in sports, LGBTQ+ and minorities in professional sports.
Velocity is a community-wide initiative of Greater Cleveland Sports Commission to support and maximize the community impact of hosting some of the most significant events in sports. Cleveland was host of the 2019 MLB All-Star Week, 2021 NFL Draft, NBA All-Star 2022 and will host 2024 NCAA DI Women’s Final Four, all of which include community events to extend each event’s footprint in Northeast Ohio. These programs will highlight important social issues such as diversity and inclusion and provide opportunities to underserved populations. More information about Velocity can be found at velocitycle.org.
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