Person of the Week: 4/18

 

U.S. Paralympian April Holmes owns the world records (women’s T44 classification) in the 100m, 200m and 400m dashes and runs her own non-profit organization for people with physical disabilities.

Since her career in Paralympic track & field began in 2002, Holmes has continued to succeed, improving each and every step of the way.  She broke her own world records in the 100m and 200m dashes at the 2006 U.S. Paralympics Track & Field National Championships in Atlanta, Georgia. She also led a strong U.S. delegation to the IPC World Championships in Assen, Netherlands, where she excited the crowd with commanding gold medal winning performances in the 100 and 200 meter races.

In 2001 when April was involved in a train accident that resulted in the loss of her left leg below the knee, she was lying in bed wandering what her future would be. She didn’t have to wander long because one of the doctors  told her about the Paralympic Games and a new goal was firmly implanted in her mind. She has been breaking records ever since, including being the first female athlete to be signed to the Jordan brand.

Off the track, she runs the April Holmes Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to assisting people with physical and developmental disabilities in everyday life. Having completed her MBA in Marketing, April plans to use her education to improve the awareness of people with disabilities.

People You Need to Know is proud to salute April Holmes as our Person of the Week!

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