Arizona Adaptive Athletics’ Peter Hughes talks Joshua Brewer’s inspirational story, team culture…

Arizona Adaptive Athletics’ Peter Hughes talks Joshua Brewer’s inspirational story, team culture…


>>>WE ARE NOW SO PLEASED TO WELCOME TO THE SHOW, THE HEAD OF ARIZONA’S ADAPTIVE ATHLETICS PROGRAM, PET HUGHES, THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TODAY. >>THANKOU FOR HAVING ME. >>WE WOULD LOVE AN UPDATE, WHAT ARE JOSH AND YOUR PROGRAM UP TO NOW? >>THE MEN’S WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL TEAM JUST GOT BACK FROM SACRAMENTO, WE ARE RANKED NUMBER 5 IN THE NATION, WE BEAT THE NUMBER 3 TEAM, WE ARE EXCITED ABOUT THAT, WE WILL BE PLAYING IN THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN THE CLEVELAND AREA AT THE END OF MARCH. >>THAT IS AWESOME, PETE, CONGRATULATIONS. NOT THE LEAST BIT SURPRISED. [ LAUGHTER ]>>>WHEN IT COMES YOUR PROGRAM, THERE ARE QUE A FEW MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT IT, FROM YOUR PERSPECTIVE WHAT ARE THEY? >>THAT WE ARE NOT REALLY ATHLETES, MY ATHLETES TRAIN FIVE DAYS A WEEK WITH OUR COACHES, WE DO SPORT PSYCHOLOGY, SPORTS NUTTION, WE WAIT LIFT THREE DAYS A WEEK, NOT EVERYBODY WINS AT THE PROGRAM, WE BUST OUR TALES, HLETIC SCHOLARSHIPS FOR ATHLETES, I THINK FREQUENTLY PEOPLE THINK IT’S JUST A FEEL- GOOD STORY, WE INSPIRE, BUT WE AIM TO INSPIRE THROUGH OUR ATHLETIC ABILITY, NOJUST BECAUSE WE ARE OUT HERE PLAYING SPORT, PUT ANY OF MY ATHLETES AGAINST ANY OF YOUR ATHLETES, WE ARE ON, IT’S GOING TO BE FUN. >>WHAT IS IT LI FOR YOU WHEN YOU HEAR PEOPLE SAY, WE ARE SO INSPIRED AND MOTIVATED BY WATCHING YOUR ATHLETES?>>IF THEY ARE IPIRED BY THE SHEER ATHLETIC ABILITY, WHEELCHAIR SPORTS IS AYED WITA WHEELCHAIR, SPORTSS INSPIRING WHEN YOU SEE SOME BE VERY GOOD, THAT’S OKAY, WHAT WE DON’T WANT AS A COMMUNITY OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, WE ARE INSPIRED BECAUSE YOU ARE OUT GETTING GROCERIES, THAT IS ARE LOW EXPECTATION FOR US, WE ARE GOING TO GET OUR EDUCATION, WE WANT TO DO EVERYTHING ELSE WHETHER YOU HAVE A DISABILITY OR NOT. >>YOU SEE JOSH CRUSHING IT IN THPEAS, SOMETHING WE WEREN’T ABLE TO FIT IN IS THAT HE’S ALSO A PRETTY GOOD IN THE PARALYMPICS? >>IT IS RARE THAT WE GET A PAIR OLYMPIAN, JOSH CAME TO US AND SAID I LOVE RUGBY, BUT MY REAL LOVE IS BASKETBALL, I WANT A SHOT AT BASKETBALL, WE WILL EMPOWER AND EDUCATE THROUGH THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA.>>WHY IS THE U OF A SUCH A DRAW FOR ADAPTIVE ATHLETES? >>WE ARE THE ONLY SCHOOL IN THE PAC-12 THAT HAS THE PROGRAM, ONLY ABOUT 15 IN THE UNITED STAS THAT HAVE MEN’S AND WOMEN’S PROGRAMS, WE ARE THE LARGEST IN THE NATN, WE HAVE 6 PORTS WE SUPPORT, INCLUDING MEN’S AND WOMEN’S WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL, RUGBY, RACING, TENNIS, WE WILL ADD MORE, ADAPTIVE GOLF, THE FIRST PROGRAM IN THE NATION, THAT IS COMING IN AUGUST, HOSTING OUR FIRST GOLF TOURNAMENT, TO RAISE THE SEED MONEY FOR THAT, THAT WILL BE FANTASTIC. EMPOWERING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, JUST BAUSE YOU’RE BORN, I WAS BORN WITH A DISABILITY, MY WHOLE YOUNG LIFE NER HAD THOPPORTUNITY TO COMPETE, AND IT BUGGED ME, I WAS KIND OF AN ANGRY YOUNG M BECAUSE I DIDN’T HAVE THAT COMPETITION, AND I GOT IT, AND IT TURNED MY LIFE AROUND, THAT LEADS YOU INTO THE FACT THAT WITH CONFIDENCE AND THE SKILLS YOU LEARN THROUGH SPORTS, TIME MANAGEMENT, DEALING WITH FAILURE AND ADVERSITY, IT IS GOING TO LEAD TO EMPLOYMENT AS WELL, ONE OF THE THINGS WE REALLY FOCUS ON HERE AT THE UNIVSITY OF ARIZONA.>>PETER, HAS BEEN A PLEASURE TALKING TO YOU TODAY, AND LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE ADAPTIVE ATHLETICS PROGRAM, THANKS TO JOSH AS WELL, LOOKING FORWARD TO FOLLOWING YOU IN THE YEARS TO COME. >>COME ON DOWN HERE, WE WILL GET YOU IN A CHAIR AND SEE HOW YOU DO. I WILL BE THERE SOON.

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