Michigan Paralympian shares story of inspiration at Alma College

Paralympian Scout Bassett spoke to students at Alma College Thursday night. (Photo: WEYI/WSMH)

A.MA, Mich. - Olympians come in all shapes and sizes but each carry with then amazing stories of inspiration, and one Paralympian originally from Michigan embodies that.

This is Scout Bassett and she spoke to students at Alma College Thursday night.

Scout was born in China and after losing her leg in a chemical fire was abandoned on the street to fend for herself.

Eventually at age seven she was adopted by a family from Harbor Springs.

Scout started running with the help of a prosthetic leg in high school and she hasn’t stopped.

She competed in the Rio Paralympics and just last year she won two bronze medals at the world championships in track and field.

She says she loves to share her story of overcoming long odds to succeed in hopes of empowering others to do the same.

“I think the most important thing that I want people to understand and to know is the idea of what it really means to persevere. Not just to endure something but to make something good from whatever you’ve had to persevere through and that all challenges all obstacles can be overcome” said Bassett.

Scout is currently training for the 2020 Paralympics in Japan.

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