BPCC Athlete has Paralympic Dreams


There are a number of athletes walking about BPCC’s campus, but one young man is unique amongst them all.

Matthew Wallace said, “I take the dis out of disability.”

Matthew Wallace was born in a wheel chair.

Matthew Wallace said, “I have a condition called spina bifida which means my spine didn’t grow all the way. I’m paralyzed from the waist down. I just don’t see it as a disability.”

A multiple sport athlete, but he began playing Basketball when he was 12. He’s currently a shooting guard for the Shreveport Silver Spokes; a recreational team here in the city. 

Matthew Wallace said, “Trying to be my best. I mean, I see other people doing track and field and basketball and I just get in my wheelchair and it motivates me.”

Those other people noticed. Recently Matthew was recognized at halftime of a New Orleans Pelicans game.

Matthew Wallace said, “They told me to turn around and I did and I was like… Challenged Athletes Foundation donated me a wheelchair a basketball wheelchair. I felt like I was so special.”

He is special…And will continue to be an inspiration to those around him… 

Matthew Wallace said, “If you want to do something put your mind to it and don’t let others tell you no or that you can’t do it because you can. My dream, to become a paralympian one day.”

Reporting in Bossier, I’m Jori Parys. 

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