Before last year, Camdin Crouse ’09, M’12 had never thrown a javelin, discus, or shot put before. But that didn’t stop the former RMU quarterback and quarterbacks coach from taking the silver medal in all three events at the 2013 U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships, June 14-16, at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.
Crouse, who had much of his left leg amputated in May 2012 following an ATV accident, met a woman last year who trains wounded veterans. “She told me about the Paralympics,” he says, “and so I figured I’d give it a shot.”
Even though his only background in throwing came from his time as a quarterback at RMU, Crouse took quickly to the sport, first competing regionally then internationally before qualifying for the national championships.
“It was kinda cool making the team, having six months experience,” he says. “The biggest thing for me was realizing how many amazing athletes there are with disabilities. You’re around people with both arms or legs missing, and it really opens up your eyes that you could have it a lot worse.”
Crouse, who’s currently applying for jobs and will be attending Penn State in the fall to earn a master’s degree in counseling and rehabilitation services (he already has an M.S. in Instructional Leadership – Sports Management from Robert Morris), will try to make Team U.S.A. next year so that he can compete internationally. On day he hopes to one day have his own non-profit foundation to help people with disabilities.
“Like I always tell people: You either lay around and do nothing or you live your life.” ~
Camdin will be coming back to RMU on October 19 for Homecoming 2013 . Come congratulate him and reconnect with old friends as the Colonials take on cross-city rivals, the Duquesne Dukes.
Written by Valentine J. Brkich
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