Become Your Own Hero – Matt Scott
Matt hails from Detroit, Michigan and is easily the happiest person in any given room. Matt began playing wheelchair basketball in 1998 when he was 14 years old, and he cannot remember a time when basketball wasn’t everything to him. Clearly his disability didn’t get in the way of his love for the game, and luckily he found friends who didn’t treat him any different for being in a wheelchair. Game. On.
Matt was on the Gold medal winning US Team 2007 and 2011 Parapan American Games and he has been nominated for Best Male Athlete with a disability ESPY Award. He also competed in the 2004 and 2008 summer Paralympics. Spina bifida has nothing on our friend Matt. Instead of holding him back, it propels him forward! And inspires thousands along the way.
Don’t just dream. Act.
If you can dream it and believe it, that’s great. But it’s the acting and moving and enduring that really sets the wheels in motion (pun intended). Nothing has held Matt back from going for what his heart loved. Being resilient and a go getter attitude paired with being surrounded by uplifting people has given Matt the push he needs to achieve his dreams. He inspires people everywhere to dream it and then… do it!
Face down, but never out.
Last year Matt went through some tough stuff, and the outpouring of love and support really helped get him through it. Having a community who won’t let you quit is essential, and Matt has the relationships built of the toughest stuff. With good company and a positive outlook, Matt has done everything he’s ever wanted to. That doesn’t mean he’s positive and sunny 24/7; it just means that there’s always positivity to be found.
Oh yeah. Matt stars in a Nike commercial. And it is epic. Think of every single solitary excuse you possibly can for why you shouldn’t do the thing you know you should. He lists them all. And then. You just gotta watch. See for yourself. And then we dare you to give one more excuse.
Matt didn’t think that his Nike debut had much to do with him. What kept him grounded was understanding the gravity of impact it could have on others with disabilities. he wanted to represent, and be there for people who have no one to look up to. It was about the people who needed the high five, the pat on the back, and the visualization of what could be. It’s all about adaptability.
Find your philosophy…
And embody it. You don’t need to shout it from the rooftops or anything like that. Just live it. Show others who you are by letting your character guide you. That is what Matt does. And we are so thankful to him! (And to the amazing people who raised him!)
Thank you Matt.
“So much of who you are is what you do.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. It is important to show others what we are doing if what we are doing is meant to help, inspire or motivate someone. Matt uses his platforms to encourage others and tell his story. We are so thankful. We can’t wait to see you take that Gold Medal in Tokyo. 2021 is THE YEAR! Let’s GO MATT!
go. follow Matt. you will not regret it.
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