Andre Edwards overcomes life changing experience

TROY, Mich. (WXYZ) - Andre Edwards, a junior at Troy Athens High School, was only 4-years-old when an incident in Flint, Mich., would change his life forever.

"I was in a car accident that broke my spine and L2 [vertebra] and I was paralyzed from the waist down, and basically told I wouldn't walk again," said Edwards.

Edwards also suffered a traumatic brain injury in October of 2000 at the time of the accident.

"Sometimes I look back and wish I could still walk but I really don't because wheelchair basketball has changed my life and made me a better person," said Edwards. 

Edwards has been a member of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) for the past 10 years, and plays for a local team called the Michigan Challengers.

"I think it helps me do better in school too," said Edwards. "I strive to get my grades right so I can play basketball and go off to college."

"The goal for our athletes is to not only work on their academics, and keep their grades up, but ultimately to be eligible to go to one of the colleges that offers wheelchair basketball programs," said Diane Winterstein, who's the head coach of the Michigan Challengers.

"I am pretty confident that he will make his goal happen."

Chrissy Marsack, a Troy Athens staff member, praised Edwards for his attention to detail in the classroom.

"Andre's incredibly persistent. He's very, very smart and he does a lot here academically, and he really never gives up," said Marsack.

Not only does Edwards lead by example in the classroom but also on the basketball court.

"Andre is going to be a shining star both now in the junior [wheelchair] division [and] next year he graduates, moves onto the college division [then] after that the world's his," said Winterstein. 

"Whatever motivates you keep doing that so you can do good in school," said Edwards. 

Edwards is helping all of us understand what overcoming a challenge is truly all about.

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