Being diagnosed with spinal bifida at birth didn’t stop him from achieving his goal – Matt Scott’s only wish since he was a kid was to become a basketball player and hold the trophy after a winning match.
He joined a wheelchair basketball team for the first time at the age of 14. In 2004 he became part of the U.S. Men’s National Wheelchair Basketball Team, and in 2007 together with his team, he won the gold medal at the Parapan American Games in Brazil.
He is a four-time Paralympian and a two-time medalist. He won the gold medal at the Paralympic Games in Rio in 2016 and the bronze one at the Paralympic Games in London in 2012.
Even though he was in a coma for a week, and spent four months in a hospital to recover, his only wish remains to win another gold medal at the next Paralympic Games, which points to his amazing spirit and why he can be an inspiration to us all.
Photo source: https://www.teamusa.org/News/2019/July/18/After-Recovering-From-LifeThreatening-Illness-Matt-Scott-Is-Focused-On-The-Parapan-American-Games