Sport: Wheelchair Basketball
Megan grew up as an avid sports enthusiast who played a variety of sports, such as soccer, fast-pitch softball, volleyball and basketball. Sports came easy to Megan even as she battled depression throughout her life.
In 2008, Megan was involved in a motorcycle crash, which caused her to become paralyzed from the waist down. Soon after her accident, she heard about wheelchair basketball and began playing on a rec team in her hometown. A year after her injury, she earned a full scholarship to the University of Illinois, where she played wheelchair basketball and earned a degree. In 2016, Megan graduated with her master’s degree in social work with an emphasis in mental health. She is open and honest about her battle with depression and hopes to help other people managing the same condition.
Megan currently lives in San Diego, plays basketball with the San Diego Wolf Pack military wheelchair basketball team and has become one of the top wheelchair basketball players in the United States. Megan helped Team USA win a gold medal at the Paralympic Games Rio 2016 and hopes to repeat her gold medal performance at the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.
Megan works closely with The Hartford, a Founding Partner of U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, helping to positively change public attitudes and perceptions about disability.
For more information about Megan’s accomplishments, visit Team USA’s website.
Photo by Joe Kusumoto
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