Kelley Jordan #14 of the Houston County Sharks JV GA state Handball Champions
Kelley is 14 years old and attends Feagin Mill Middle School in Warner Robins GA. Born at 26 weeks gestation she was diagnosed with Pervintricular Leukomalcia that dissolved in her ventricles causing her to have mild Cerebral Palsy. Kelley cannot walk without assistance and she uses a wheelchair, crutches and a walker.
At an early age we have advocated for her rights and have never discouraged her to not try anything. With a Flare for the dramatics, and music we have always pursued that avenue. As a child however Kelley wanted to play soccer so we would take her and play with her but no one would adapt the sport for her to play so we pursued other avenues.
Kelley is a gifted child who is at the top of her class academically and she always has been… she loves to read, sing and write… acting out most of her books. There has always been something missing however until September 2009. Last year I saw on our local TV station channel 13 WMAZ, a story about a adapted sports team. I really didn’t give it much thought until we decided to put Kelley in swimming lessons for the first time this year. She excelled and as we were leaving there on her last day of lessons I said to her, “Kelley what about trying this adapted sports team”. She was like “Sure” so we got in touch with Coach Christy Jones and after much hesitation decided to go view a practice. Well Kelley was so excited she couldn’t sleep and although was very sore from the first practice, she was anxious for the next practice and then the games.
We saw her opening up and feeling like she was part of something. She may not be the most athletic person on the team but mentally and spiritually the Sharks seem to fit. We are so proud of her and all her accomplishments on and off the playing court. This will open up all avenues when we start filling out college applications this summer and we are looking forward to that. To me as a parent, that is priceless.
Paul, Kim and Kelley