How has basketball impacted your life?
I grew up playing basketball. I played in high school, and I actually coached high school basketball. Fifteen years ago, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and that all came to somewhat of an abrupt halt. I found a group called Seattle Adaptive Sports, and, as part of that team, I found this amazing community that embraced me and empathized with me and also held me accountable to go out there and work as hard as I possibly could.
Now you’re coaching multiple National Wheelchair Basketball Association teams as well as the 2021 Maccabiah Games team. What is it like meeting and working with so many players?
It’s not only the fact that I get to meet them; I get to learn from them. I’m excited by the opportunity to learn that there’s a whole community of individuals living their lives in wheelchairs, but even more importantly, that they're so optimistic and so positive.
What have you learned working as a coach?
In this unique community of individuals, everyone’s got a story. Whether it’s a disability, or whether you are fighting cancer, or whether you have a parent or a friend who is dealing with an Alzheimer’s situation or something of that nature — you know, everyone has their obstacles.
What’s next for you?
My next big thing is creating an adaptable outdoor fishing program. My wife and I bought a house in a place called Lake Lawrence, because it’s got a low-bank waterfront. My long-term plan is to take this lakefront property, make it wheelchair accessible, and eventually be able to build a program into Seattle Adaptive Sports so I can take individuals in wheelchairs fishing.