Inspiration is a funny thing. Sometimes a story hits you smack in the face, inspiring you when you did not even know how much you needed that lift!
Such is the story of Shaquem Griffin, a young man who had his left hand amputated as a child because of a rare disease that stunts the growth of the hand called amniotic band syndrome. Per the several interviews I watched, this young man never let the loss of his hand interfere with the activities he wanted to pursue. Shaquem became a true standout athlete in several sports, and played football at Central Florida University. Last week, he was chosen in the NFL draft by the Seattle Seahawks, and he will play on the same professional football team with his twin brother, Shaquill, who was drafted by Seattle last year. I was thrilled for him – and I don’t even know him! Imagine the pride his parents are feeling!
This could be a Disney movie – but wait! It gets better! This young man is a fantastic role model!
Because of Shaquem’s positive attitude and strong work ethic, he is now inspiring others with his same rare condition to chase their dreams. Here is the link to a touching conversation to Shaquem from a young girl regarding her dream: https://www.westernjournal.com/wc/shaquem-griffin-receives-heartfelt-message-from-1-armed-cheerleader/
Shaquem is not just inspiring kids with who are afflicted with amniotic band syndrome, he is inspiring many others with physical challenges. Kids are taking a look at him and telling themselves that if Shaquem can overcome his problem, they can, too. Take a look at this link: https://www.news4jax.com/inside-edition/shaquem-griffin-kids-with-missing-limbs-inspired-by-newly-drafted-football-player-with-one-hand
And last, I think Shaquem is inspiring all of us to do our best, even if we do not face the physical challenges he faces. To see someone overcome adversity is inspiring, and I believe that his positive attitude and personal triumph make all of us work a little harder.
One more thing- the press has not done much with Shaquem’s own words, but here is his letter to the NFL GM’s, which is straight from his heart. It is a great read! https://www.theplayerstribune.com/en-us/articles/shaquem-griffin-ucf-nfl-draft-letter-to-general-managers
I am thrilled that young people have a real hero to emulate in Shaquem Griffin. Cheers to Shaquem Griffin and his upcoming success on the field and in Life.
As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions.
For more of Dede’s blogs and thoughts please visit http://bunnyteacher.blogspot.com or follow her @dederittman on Twitter.
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