Name: Jennifer Bricker
Jen Bricker was born without legs and with her heart on the opposite side of her chest. Shocked and uncertain they could care for a child with two birth defects, her biological parents gave her up for adoption. In her loving adoptive home, there was just one simple rule: “Never say ‘can’t.’” Roller skating, volleyball, power tumbling, spinning from silk ribbons 30 feet in the air – pretty soon, there was nothing that this small but mighty powerhouse set her sights on that she couldn’t conquer. As a child, Jennifer Bricker always had a passion for tumbling and gymnastics, so, being a natural athlete, she taught herself to swim and roller-skate on her hands by her own. By the age of 7, Bricker started playing softball and three years later, she took up tumbling followed by volleyball. She was always ready for challenges which very soon transitioned her into an accomplished acrobat and aerialist.
5 Reasons Jennifer is Awesome:
- Jennifer competed in power tumbling for four years and also won a state championship in power tumbling. Her sincere hard work and passion led her all the way to the Junior Olympics in 1998, where she competed as a power tumbler and placed fourth. She became the only physically challenged person to ever compete professionally in power tumbling.
- She received the U.S. Tumbling Association’s Inspiration Award.
- She is a leading example of human will-power. Her heroic journey will definitely inspire the people worldwide to believe that every human being is the creator of his own destiny.
- Jennifer uses her role-model status to empower children with disabilities and hopes to inspire and motivate them to believe that anything in life is truly possible.
- She also plans to help out at a sports camp for kids without limbs.
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