Monday, May 18, 2009

There are times when we are watching a professional athlete and our mouths fall open in awe at some of the unparalleled skill we are fortunate enough to witness. I know that I feel this way when I watch LeBron James break through three defenders to hit an impossible shot, Peyton Manning throw a perfect spiral fifty yards down the field, or Derek Jeter make a defensive stop with a hit should have brought in a couple of runs. These athletes certainly warrant our respect and the nightly praise that they receive as part of the nightly highlight reels on SportsCenter. However, sometimes the men and women who fight amazing odds in order to participate in the sport for which they have a passion deserve even more of our attention and applause.

I discovered one such inspirational individual recently named D.J. Gregory, and I wanted to share his amazing story with all of you. D.J. was born with cerebral palsy, and the doctors told his parents that he would spend his entire life as a wheelchair. He defied this diagnosis and, after reconstructive surgeries as a child, learned to walk with the assistance of a cane. D.J. could never play many of the sports of that he loved, but he was able to pick up the game of golf at the age of nine. Soon, he became a fixture at the Professional Golf Association tournaments that would visit his area. At the age of thirty, D.J. Gregory decided to walk every hole of the PGA season and document his experiences on a blog. His amazing journey is documented on the video above.

As a lifelong fan of the sport of golf, I love to see instances in which one man’s life has been so impacted by his time on the course. And, more importantly, I am touched when a man’s character and resolve leave their mark on each course that he visits.

I hope you will take a few minutes to watch this video about D.J. Gregory. He represents the best of what the game of golf can mean.

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