Athlete Scot Hollonbeck Has Proved that What’s Impossible Can Be Possible

Editor’s Note: The impossible becomes possible only when individuals refuse to quit and push themselves past the limitations of their own bodies and minds, and that’s what internationally-known athlete Scot Hollonbeck has done. Part 5 of a five-part series.
Scot Hollonbeck has worked to erase stereotypes throughout his career.

Scot Hollonbeck has worked to erase stereotypes throughout his career.

Scot Hollonbeck knew he had a lot to learn, so he didn’t stop his education after graduating college. He entered graduate school and studied the sociology of sport. Most world changers aren’t satisfied with just changing their world for the better; they want to also affect change for others.

“I looked at sports as a vehicle to change attitudes about a minority group of people,” Hollonbeck says. “Not just the wheelchair individuals, but individuals with other differences. The Civil Rights Movement changed the way society viewed African Americans and empowered them with rights and the ability to do things they were prohibited from doing previously. The Equal Rights Movement promoted equal rights for men and women. Title IX promoted athletic equality for women and gave them the right to participate in any intercollegiate athletic sport or program. My new goal was Title X, which would give physically- and mentally-challenged athletes the opportunity to participate in any sport.

In my master’s-degree program, I studied women’s athletic programs to learn how change had taken place for women to become more involved in sports. In 1988, I tried-out for the men’s Olympic team. There’s only one event in the Olympic Games for wheelchair athletes – the 1500-meter race. I’d been training hard and thought I was tough and competitive. I finished last. When I finished last, I realized that I didn’t have the coaching or the knowledge to qualify to represent the Olympic Games.

Scot's gold-medal winning 4x400m relay team

So, I tried out for the Paralympics Games, even though I didn’t know much about them. I was strong and motivated, but didn’t have the coaching required to make the Paralympics team. I had to decide whether I wanted to train for another 4 years for the next Paralympics or give up. Although 4 years was a long time, I decided not to quit and to go to the Paralympics. Four years later, I competed in the 1992 Summer Paralympics in Barcelona, Spain. This time, instead of finishing last, I won the gold medal and had the fastest time in the 1500-meter race for wheelchair athletes.”

Hollonbeck’s journey to the Olympic gold medal began when he was a senior in high school and finished last in the Olympic trials. He won his gold medal in world-record time just prior to his graduation from college, thanks to the help of some dedicated coaches and friends. Yet again, Hollonbeck wasn’t satisfied with just being an Olympic gold medalist. He continued his wheelchair competitions, and today is one of the most-recognized athletes in the world.

Scot makes new friends at a recent Mobility Clinic.

Scot makes new friends at a recent Mobility Clinic.

Also, he never sacrificed his work for the less fortunate for his athletic endeavors. As he continued to bring awareness to the needs of the physically impaired, his social outreach grew too. For one who has come so far, achieved so much and become more than he or anyone else believed after a tragic accident, we want to know what’s next.

“One day, I’ll sit in a NFL stadium and watch professional wheelchair athletes compete in football,” Hollonbeck says. “It’s gonna happen.”

We fully support Hollonbeck’s goals for equal opportunities and future success in disability rights and adaptive sports.  If you’d like to learn more about Scot Hollonbeck, or see some of his finest work as a TV star in UroMed commercials, please visit UroMed’s website at: or

About the Author: For the last 12 years, John E. Phillips of Vestavia, Alabama, has been a professional blogger for major companies, corporations and tourism associations throughout the nation. During his 24 years as Outdoor Editor for “The Birmingham Post-Herald” newspaper, he published more than 7,000 newspaper columns and sold more than 100,000 of his photos to newspapers, magazines and internet sites. He also hosted a radio show that was syndicated at 27 radio stations; created, wrote and sold a syndicated newspaper column that ran in 38 newspapers for more than a decade; and wrote and sold more than 30 books. Learn more at

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One Response to Athlete Scot Hollonbeck Has Proved that What’s Impossible Can Be Possible

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