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Athlete of the Week: Emerson Jones

Athlete of the Week: Emerson Jones

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BLANCHARD, La -  Most athletes might look at cerebral palsy as something that would limit them. Not Emerson Jones, who is gearing up to compete in his third Gumbo games. The nine-year-old knows exactly how he's going to be spending his summer.


"Run," said Jones.


It's a great accomplishment for the Oil City Magnet second grader who has cerebral palsy. 


"He excels athletically, even with his abilities, and so he accommodates very well with his left side. It kind of overtakes and helps strengthen his right side. He's just an awesome kid," said Jones' adaptive physical education teacher Laurie Bigelow.

 

Emerson's love of running propelled him to compete in the Gumbo games in every eligible event from sprints to the shot put.


"It gives him the opportunity to compete with athletes of like-abilities and let's him excel and experience the exact feeling that regular athletes experience when they compete," described Bigelow.


And despite overcoming challenges everyday, always maintains a positive attitude.


"He's just a happy, sweet, eager to please student. Everybody who meets him loves him," added Bigelow.

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