Nick Rogers wasn’t a breakout running prodigy. In fact, when the Paralympic sprinter first started running his sophomore year of high school, “I was beating the slower kids,” he said.
A double amputee, Rogers wasn’t breaking any records against his able-bodied competitors. But there was one big caveat: At the time, he had no running blades. “I happen to come from a family that’s poor,” he said. Running blades typically aren’t covered by insurance, and the cost starts in the thousands.
That’s where the Never Say Never Foundation came in. During one of his stays at Camp No Limits, a summer camp for kids with limb differences, the foundation gifted Rogers with a pair of running blades.
“When I first received those blades, it was one of the most exciting, happiest moments of my life,” he said.