Nike recently surprised Justin Gallegos, a University of Oregon student with cerebral palsy, with a contract and welcomed him among their rows as the first athlete with cerebral palsy.
While the company has recently mostly been making news due to their 30th-anniversary campaign featuring 30-year-old former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who knelt down during the national anthem back in 2016 to protest against racial injustice, they have recently spiked up their efforts to spread positivity and inspire people.
And so, Nike decided to surprise Justin with a contract on October 6, the World Cerebral Palsy Day.
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While the student thought he was merely participating in a cross-country race, he had no idea that all the cameras filming the finish line scene were there to capture his surprised expression as he learned of the surprise.
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After being told the happy news and handed over the contract, the athlete broke down in tears and fell onto his knees.
Later, he took his gratitude to Instagram, writing:
“You don’t realize how realistic and emotional your dreams are until they play out before your very eyes! Signing this contract was a huge success for me and I would not have made it without my friends and family and teammates! This was perhaps the most emotional moment in my seven years of running!”
According to Justin, becoming a professional athlete was his biggest childhood dream. For him, it was “like the thought of climbing Mt. Everest.”
Having to grow up with Cerebral Palsy was no easy task, as Justin had little control over his body, but he kept on striving to fulfill his dreams.
Speaking of how he got into running when he was still a teen, Justin said:
“I wanted to take part in an after-school activity just like everyone else. And eventually, by repeating the running motion over and over, I trained my body to run.”
A few years later, Justin became a track club member of the University of Oregon which eventually led him to signing the contract with Nike.
Following the rollercoaster of emotions and achievements, Justin took it to Instagram once again to express his gratitude a few days ago.
“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!”
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