Many thanks to Lassiter High School teacher Katie Griffin for sending this update about Bryan Powell:
The Lassiter High School community united in honor of Sept. 11 and honored their own hero future paralympian, senior Bryan Powell.
The student group Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) raised over $2500 to help Powell with his training and travel costs as he works towards the 2016 Paralympics in Rio.
Powell has Cerebral Palsy and uses a wheelchair for mobility, but has never let this handicap deter him from being a positive role model, honor student and accomplished athlete.
FBLA sold t-shirts in honor of Sept. 11th, with the proceeds going to Powell. As Lassiter played Sprayberry on Friday night, the students collected donations for Powell adding to the total raised.
In July Powell set national records in five track and field events at the National Junior Disability Championship in Rochester, Minn. The 17-year-old currently holds national records in shot put, javelin, discus, and the 100 and 400 meter dashes. Powell also earned six gold medals in the event.
In August Powell represented the United States in the World Junior Wheelchair and Ambulatory Championship in Puerto Rico, where he set five personal records.
To contribute to Powell’s training and competitions, visit www.blazesports.org, including information on how to donate. Checks also can be mailed to Blaze Sports, 535 North McDonough St., Decatur, GA 30030. All funds should be earmarked for Bryan Powell.
All contributions are tax deductible and all funds go towards Powell’s athletic competitions and training.