Athletes Panel – Overcoming Obstacles

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The Foreseeable Future Foundation hosted its first virtual panel discussion, Overcoming Obstacles in Sports.

Sponsored by Swerve Fitness

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The event featured stories of athletes with visual impairments and blindness who the foundation has impacted.

Watch the video on demand below

Host

Mark Farrell

Mark is a passionate Motivational Speaker, award winning New York City On-Air Host at The Progressive Radio Network, On-Air Personality on New Jersey classic rock station 107.1 The BOSS, On-Camera Personality and Event Host/Emcee. Mark shares his unique life experiences stemming from his visual disability that have driven him to address school, college and corporate audiences nationally on critical issues which have personally impacted his life including: overcoming adversity, anti-bullying/anti-teasing, mental health, drugs/alcohol, celebrating differences, self-entitlement and more.

Visit Mark’s website at www.markfarrellmotivation.com

Panelists

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Wren Zimmerman

Equestrian Jumping Athlete

Wren’s mission is to change the perception about what the blind and visually impaired are capable of through raising awareness, understanding, and acceptance of visual impairment and blindness. Wren’s ‘vision’ is that her endeavors will inspire others, regardless of ability or disability, to have the courage to face their own challenges and pursue their own passions, whatever they may be! Wren’s hope is that her equestrian efforts will, in the long term, contribute to the growth and accessibility of horse sport, with the ultimate goal of show jumping becoming a Paralympic sport.

Visit Wren’s website at https://www.wrenblae.com

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Jason Romero

1st & Only Blind Person to Run Across America

Jason is an international keynote speaker who inspires and teaches audiences how to transform their Dreams into Reality. He is an author and the subject of a full-length documentary. The BBC, Today Show, Forbes and NPR are just some of the media outlets that have reported on his accomplishments. Jason has been a Paralympian on Team USA and placed 4th at the Paralympic World Marathon Championships in 2015. He holds 15 world records in ultra-running and mountain biking, has completed the Badwater Ultramarathon, Spartathlon, the Puerto Rico 150+, three IronMan Triathlons and the epic “Leadman Challenge”. He is best known for being the 1st and only blind person to run across America, and his run still ranks as one of the top 10 fastest crossings in history (less than 300 people have crossed America on foot).

Visit Jason’s website at http://www.relentlessromero.com/

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Adam Linn

Triathlete and Author

Adam Linn is an author and essayist who writes about family and social justice. His piece, The Blind man’s French Dog Problem, recently appeared in the New York times, and his Thanksgiving story, Dinner with Wonder Woman, was just featured on the Moth podcast. He’s currently working on his memoir, Showing Up, which explores the challenges of growing up without a father, going blind, and eventually becoming a father himself. He lives in Manhattan with his wife Ju-Ju, daughters Zoe and Isabelle, and their lovable, but intensely co-dependent German Shepherd, Nadia.

Visit Adam’s website at https://www.adamlinn.com/