Alex was diagnosed in his teenage years with Retinitis Pigmentosa, which causes vision impairment. He participated in Cross Country and Track all 4 years of his High School career at Millard North. During his freshman year it became a slight issue and in 2017 his vision became notably worse which caused him to run off course and not be able to avoid obstacles on the 3.1 mile course. It became evident he would need assistance to continue running safely. The Nebraska School Activities Association was contacted and they granted permission for Alex to have a guide runner, Tim Grundameyer became that individual. Alex is currently a sophomore at Midland University, and Tim continues to run with him. Alex was a National Qualifier last May in the Marathon held in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
Sam Schukei, a senior at Kenesaw High School who lost his lower left leg in a lawn mower accident at age six, but is a four-year letterman in football, played basketball and qualified for the state track meet in the discus.
Taleah Williams was an honor student at Norfolk High School and in spite of being born without a lower left arm she also excelled in athletics. She held several track records and qualified for the State Meet in 4 events her junior and senior seasons and was All-Conference on the basketball team. She lettered all 3 years in both sports. Tara won the gold medal in the Paralympics Trials in the long jump and she was a member of the 2016 Paralympic team in Rio. This summer she competed in London where she won the gold medal in the long jump and is World Champion in her category. Taleah is currently a member of the Doane University Track team.
Sofia Tate began dancing in kindergarten. She was inspired to pursue cheerleading after watching a performance by a University of Arkansas cheerleader on the internet. She cheered for Columbus High School, incorporating athletic feats such as back handsprings into her routine. She is currently a cheerleader at Nebraska Wesleyan, studying communication.
Directing a wrestling club for years, Joe exposed countless Omaha youngsters to the benefits and lessons of competitive sports and provided the wrestling foundation for several state champions. He organized a national youth sports program, supervised the Kiewit Physical Fitness Center, coached the Blue Jay wrestling club. He has received no less than 13 service awards for his work with outh from the local to national level. He has a masster of sceience degree in criminal justice. Did we mention that he did all this from a wheelchair?