The Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia is just months Iowa but for one Iowa athlete, it’s been a long time coming.
WQAD reported how one Davenport man-made his way to the Paralympics for Team USA.
All his life, 23-year-old Kevin McKee had a passion for sports. McKee played everything from tennis to basketball and even sled hockey.
“It’s a lot of body weight stuff and a lot of agility moving; moving your body quick and stuff like that,” McKee said.
McKee was originally from Davenport, Iowa but moved to Chicago to play for the Chicago Blackhawks Sled Hockey Team. He may not look like a traditional hockey player but that’s because he was born with a spinal deformity.
“I’ve been in a chair and on crutches my entire life,” McKee said.
But he didn’t let that slow him down and the years of work has led him to the Team USA’s Sled Hockey team. McKee’s been on Team USA’s International Squad for three years, posting impressive numbers.
Two weeks ago, McKee got the call, he made the cut.
“I would say to just not give up because I could have easily given up for not making the team three years in a row. I was too small, but I just kept going,” he said.
The message McKee said he hopes to pass on is that no dream or person is too small.
The Paralympics Games will begin March 7 after the Winter Olympics.
For more information, visit the Paralympics website here.