DES MOINES, Iowa -- In laser tag, there are lots of second chances. Players get multiple lives, they can use different weapons, and a new game starts every few minutes. There are plenty of chances, but no excuses. “At first I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to do it,” says Dave Mathis, “because I’m not able to run super-fast.” Dave figured out he could do it, because other people believed he could. People like Joe Hogan. “You’d think they’d have every reason to complain or every excuse for why they can’t do something,” says Joe, “but they don’t, they never make excuses.”
Dozens of people who’ve never met before are doing things they never thought they could do because Joe started the group Train to Inspire. “We show them they’re capable of doing anything I can do,” he explains, “if I can do it, I promise you – you can do it and I’ll show you!”
Joe started the group but Dave is the reason it exists. A few years ago Joe helped him go from rolling through races… to running one. “This man who didn’t learn to walk ‘till he was seven, trained to run a 5k,” Joe says, “after I saw the look on his face I realized I just helped change this man’s life. I realized I could make an impact – not just on Dave’s life, but on other people’s lives.”
A year and a half later he’s doing just that, with people who are getting a lot of chances because they never make excuses.
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