Paralympian Stops By Prairieland Elementary

Published 04/29 2014 09:29PM

Updated 04/29 2014 10:11PM

NORMAL - A special visitor stopped by Prairieland Elementary School in Normal.

Sled hockey Paralympian Kevin McKee showed off his gold medal to more than 500 students.

McKee told his students about being born with a deformed spine and his long battle to make the Olympic team, and finally succeeding.

The Iowa native has been playing sled hockey for 14 years now. Students marveled at the 24-year-old's story of perseverance and his tale of glory in Russia with the Paralympic team.

"They always told me I was too small and was never going to make it, and I wasn't skilled enough. So, that fourth year, I tried out and finally made it. I worked so hard that summer. I skated all the time and got in the gym and dedicated myself pretty much the whole summer,” said McKee.

"I thought it was a really cool experience to be able to see somebody with a disability still fulfilling their dream of doing sports, because I love sports and it's just really good to see that,” said Alexis Evans.

McKee has also played wheelchair basketball, tennis and rugby.

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