Eight Athletes Join ADN Hall of Fame
The Athletes with Disabilities Network (ADN) inducted eight individuals into its Hall of Fame. Now in its 12th year, the event recognizes the achievements of men and women who compete in sports at the elite level despite physical disabilities. According to ADN, chosen athletes are honored for both their dedication to sport and for inspiring others through their words, actions, and community service.
Chris Casteel was awarded the Rick Knas Lifetime Achievement Award. Casteel, who has a right knee disarticulation, captured the bronze medal in kayaking at the 2009 Extremity Games. He is a peer visitor, has facilitated limb-loss support groups, and, as a member of the Amputee Coalition of American (ACA) Volunteer Task Force, helped develop the OPAF First Paddle Adaptive Kayaking Clinic.
Melissa Stockwell was selected as the Pat McDonald Female Athlete of the Year. Awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star, Stockwell lost her leg in Iraq when her vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb. Four years later, she finished in the top five at the Paralympic Trials for swimming. She took first place at the Paratriathlon World Championships in 2010 in Budapest and is the reigning World Champion. Through military groups, she serves as a coach and mentor for newly disabled athletes and is an ACA-certified peer visitor.
The Roger McCarville Male Athlete of the Year went to Mike Schultz. An elite Adaptive Motocross and Snocross racer, as well as a kayaker and wakeboarder, Schultz took first place at the ESPN Winter X Games in Adaptive Snocross and the Adaptive Moto X Super X Finals, and second place in the Adaptive Action Sports X Games Qualifier at Extremity Games, fifth place at Extremity Games 5 Motocross, and first and second place at Extremity Games 5 Main Event in kayaking and wakeboarding, respectively. Schultz coaches athletes for the National Snocross Championships and is currently working on the patent for a prosthetic knee and foot that will to help other athletes with disabilities compete in their chosen sport.
Other inductees included Dave Kiley, Gabriel Diaz de Leon, Glen Ashlock, Unisys Corporation, Adam Rose, and Angeline LeVasseur.
Hall of Fame inductees were recognized at a Ceremony and Awards Dinner on October 28, 2010, in Troy, Michigan.