Ryan Nelson and Wheelchair Tennis Article

Ryan Nelson, 17, from Sandy Utah has dedicated himself to sports for the majority of his life. Nelson has Spina Bifida but doesn’t feel like his disability is a challenge at all.

“I know who I am and I love myself.” Nelson said.

He has been playing basketball for twelve years and tennis for four and a half years. Dean Oba, a friend of his who also plays wheelchair tennis, introduced Ryan to both sports. Playing sports has helped him learn life and social skills and how to be independent. Playing tennis has taken him all over the world including Florida, Louisiana, Turkey, England and South Africa, just to name a few. He has also had the opportunity to play high school tennis and says it has been one of the best experiences he’s ever had.

“Sports can show others that they can do anything. Sports can also help someone in all aspects of life.”

Ryan’s advice to others is to not be afraid to try new things.

Want to see him play? Ryan practices tennis on Mondays at Liberty Park and on Friday’s at Salt Lake Swim & Tennis Club. Ryan also practices basketball on Tuesdays at Copperview Recreational Center.

– By Aimee Vargas

Ryan was featured in the New Era Magazine earlier this year.  Click here to find that article.

An article in the Deseret News last week also had a feature on wheelchair tennis.  Did you know that wc tennis started here in Utah?  Included in the feature are Ryan Nelson, ranked no. 1 junior in the nation and Dean Oba.  Both have spina bifida and are inspiring people to know!  Take a moment to read.

Read the article here:  Wheelchair tennis: Invented in Utah, Players finding more ways, places to play

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