Challenge: Below Knee Amputee

Sports: Volleyball, Tennis

Bio:Annie is an athletic, energetic, positive girl who loves sports and her family. One of her passions is sitting volleyball and she has been training with the US national women’s team. Annie recently went to Brazil to play in the 2017 Youth Parapan American Games and she hopes to be in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics. Along with sitting volleyball, Annie plays Indoor Standing volleyball on her club’s 18u team as a setter. She is a hopeful girl with big dreams and she doesn’t let her disability define her. Annie comes from an active family, and with two older sisters, she’s always been a competitive person.

When Annie was born, she was missing the fibula in her right leg. Her lower leg was amputated at 9 months, and she received her first prosthetic at 11 months. As Annie grew up, she was very active, but she did everything on a regular walking leg. When she was about 10, Annie received her first grant for an athletic leg. She used this leg to play soccer and run. As she got older, her interests changed and Annie began to play volleyball. With the help of Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF), she was able to fly to Oklahoma, Texas, and Brazil to train and play sitting volleyball. CAF has also provided her with grants for three athletic legs and the Sam Day Rising Star Award. Annie hopes to be an inspiration to many and she continues to work hard every day to achieve her goals.

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