Berth on Team USA at stake
Mt. Juliet Christian Academy sophomore Andrew Kittrell and his family will travel to Charlotte, NC next week as he competes in the US Paralympic Trials.
The goal is to win a spot on Team USA and to participate in the 2016 Summer Paralympics.
The 15th Summer Paralympic Games are an upcoming major international multi-sport event for disabled athletes governed by the International Paralympic Committee, to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil beginning Sept. 7.
Kittrell, who started at linebacker for the MJCA football team as a freshman, returned earlier this month from the 2016 Endeavor Games held June 11-14 in Edmond, OK.
An all-comers athletic competition for athletes with disabilities, the Endeavor Games serves as a one of several qualifying events for those hoping to compete at national and international events.
The youngster was born with Amniotic Band Syndrome -- which resulted in the congenital loss of his left leg below the knee, a right club foot as well as affecting the fingers on both hands
He brought home gold medals in four events -- 100m, 200m, 400m and the long jump.
Back in May, he competed in the Desert Challenge Games in Phoenix, AZ where he placed second in the 200 and 400 meters and won the long jump.
"We have also been very fortunate to receive a grant from the Challenged Athletes Foundation to help with travel funds as well as donations from friends and the community," said Andrew's dad Michael Kittrell.
"We are thankful for the abilities and opportunities God has opened up for Andrew and feel very blessed."
Andrew is involved with the Amputee Blade Runners (ABR0 charity in Nashville.
ABR has provided him with running and sports blades along with top notch prosthetic care.
He is also able to visit the ABR facility Nashville and work in the fabrication shop to make his own sockets for his feet.
His feet are provided to ABR from Fillauer, and are manufactured in Chattanooga.
Jeremy Hayes made a donation from his recent NFL Kids Camp in Mt. Juliet and Tennessee State Sen. Mark Green from Ashland City donated the rental van that transported the family to Oklahoma.