Volney Elementary School recognized March as perseverance month and welcomed a special visit by a local man who knows exactly what it means to persevere.
Eight years ago, Greg Callen survived a tragic accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down and bound to a wheelchair. Today, he thrives as a business professional and commits much of his time to helping individuals of all ages with disabilities through his non-profit organization, Move Along Inc.
As Volney’s guest of honor at the school’s March character education assembly, Callen spoke to students about his journey and how a positive attitude and a commitment to persevere helped him overcome challenges and obstacles to achieve his goals.
An avid athlete with a passion for many sports, Callen shared with the students how in the face of adversity, he is still able to participate in the recreational activities he’d always enjoyed.
He demonstrated how he enjoys bicycling using a hand-cycle, how a customized wheelchair and a sled allow him to play basketball and ice hockey and how his organization, Move Along Inc., makes it possible for other individuals to be engaged in similar inclusionary recreational activities.
“Inclusion sports are for everyone. Winning or losing doesn’t matter. What you get out of a game is what matters most,” he said when he gave students at the school an opportunity to try the customized athletic equipment and be a member of an inclusionary relay race team.
He encouraged the students to face difficulties in their lives with the same principles that have helped him achieve his goals.
“Try to better yourself all of the time and remember we are all here to help one another,” he said.