OCALA, Fla. — Nick Stilwell was never supposed to be an adaptive athlete, but fate would see it differently.
The 37-year-old from Ocala was an avid athlete. Well over 6 feet tall, football and softball came naturally to him. He started golfing when he was about seven years old. Nick Stilwell hits balls at the range in Silver Springs. Nick Stilwell hits balls at the range in Silver Springs.
But his entire way of life changed on July 11, 2008, when he was 25 years old. He and a group of friends rented out a party bus to celebrate one of their birthdays in Orlando. While on State Road 408, the bus driver missed the exit. As Stilwell went to the front to let him know, the driver was creeping close to the edge of the road and swerved back to re-center the bus. Stilwell went flying.
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