Nike signs Justin Gallegos: first professional athlete with Cerebral Palsy
Dreaming of breaking the half-marathon barrier of two and a half hours, professional athlete Justin Gallegos is now making big strides towards his goal.
However, some fantastic news was waiting for the University of Oregon student on the other side of one of his most recent runs. Global sportswear brand Nike had offered him a professional contract, as they continue their massive run of support for those in society who sometimes get overlooked.
Born with cerebral palsy, the condition means that Gallegos has poor coordination, stiff muscles, weak muscles, and possibly tremors. Becoming the first disabled athlete sponsored by Nike with the condition, he designed his dream shoe with the company – the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 FlyEase.
On his Instagram, Justin explained his clear excitement about the contract, one of which you can see below. Be sure to let us know your thoughts on the story in the comment section below.
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I’m still at loss for words! Thank to everyone for the love and the support not only the past couple days but the last seven years of my life! Beyond blessed to officially represent the swoosh! Still can’t believe I made Nike history! Very excited! Big things are yet to come! Trust in the process! And trust in God! All glory to the most high! God is truly good! #NikeRunning #NIKE #SWOOSH #SwooshFamily #Beaverton #Nike72 #JustDoIt #ThereIsNoFinishLine #StrongerEveryMile #NoSuchThingAsADisability #Limitless #Breaking2
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