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Blake Leeper Speaks to Students at RMS

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Ever since Blake Leeper was a child, he’s been determined to be a star athlete. Growing up playing basketball and baseball, Leeper competed on his high school’s varsity basketball team.

Leeper is a bilateral below-the-knee amputee and has been using prosthetics since the age of nine. He recently obtained a grant from Challenged Athletes Foundation to receive a pair of running prosthetics. Since receiving his running legs, Leeper has been unstoppable. He’s competed at several events, including Endeavor Games and the U.S. Paralympics Track & Field National Championships and the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Leeper has chosen track & field as his sport of choice because he loves to run and enjoys competing in a sport that is extremely intense and competitive.

Being a member of Team USA is an honor to Leeper. He said, “It gives me a sense of importance, and a chance to compete and to be a competitor.” Blake studies medicine at the University of Tennessee.

It is the policy of the Hawkins County School System not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability in its educational programs or employment policies as required by Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, Title IX (1972 Educational Amendments), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.