A huge congratulations is in order for University of Oregon runner Justin Gallegos, because he just became the first athlete living with cerebral palsy to sign a contract with Nike.
In an emotional video posted on Instagram, Justin, who is a junior at the University of Oregon and a member of the school’s running club, found out about the big news after finishing practice for the day. He was met by Nike’s insight director John Douglass, who gave Justin his contract, along with a film crew to capture the historical moment.
Justin took to Instagram on none other than World Cerebral Palsy Day to pen an inspiring and thoughtful message:
“Today on world Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day, I reached a milestone in my running journey! Today I made Nike history and became the very first athlete with Cerebral Palsy to sign a contract with Nike! You don’t realize how realistic and emotional your dreams are until they play out before your very eyes! Signing this contract was a huge success for me and I would not have made it without my friends and family and teammates! This was perhaps the most emotional moment in my seven years of running! Growing up with a disability, the thought of becoming a professional athlete is as I have said before like the thought of climbing Mt. Everest! It is definitely possible, but the odds are most definitely not in your favor! Hard work pays off! Hundreds of miles, blood, sweat, and tears has [led] me here along with a few permanent scars! But the journey is damn sure not over!!!”
He ended the post with a tear-jerking statement: “Thank you everyone for helping show the world that there is No Such Thing As A Disability!”
Congrats again, Justin. You are an inspiration to all, and most importantly, you deserve it!
Check out the emotional video below, and be sure to grab some tissues before you click play.
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