Paralyzed RI Sailor Among Best in World
August 29, 2012
Paralyzed Rhode Island sailor Paul Callahan will represent the U.S. in London at the upcoming Paralympic Games, according to an article on RIYachting.com.
Callahan, who was paralyzed in a freak accident in college, spends part of the year in Florida and the rest in Newport, where, 15 years ago, he founded a nonprofit that helps people with disabilities to sail. Sail to Prevail, with its fleet of specially adapted boats, works with about 1,000 children every summer, including those with spinal cord injuries, autism and other developmental disabilities.
“I encourage them to think as big as they can,” Callahan said from the dock one recent morning before heading out into Newport Harbor. “If you’re going to think, you may as well think big.”
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