Lining up on the baseline, the Dallas Junior Mavericks team members ready themselves for the arduous task of suicides in the closing moments of practice. The coach blows his whistle, and like that they begin the first sprint to the free-throw line. As the moments pass the fastest players separate themselves from the rest of the sprinters. As the all the players return to the baseline for the final time, one sprinter still remains, pushing with the determination to one day be that next amazing player. Shouts of encouragement come from her teammates, “GO SARAH!” “YOU CAN DO IT, SARAH!” She can, and will. She has no limits. Inspiration lights the way for her, and it shows. Sarah Maynard is a girl that will go far in life.
A family friend convinced her one day to try Wheelchair Basketball, and introduced her to a world of dreams. “Sports have helped me get connected with a whole new community of people that I wouldn’t have known otherwise”, says Maynard. Her only goal is to keep meeting new people, and to just have fun within the new world she was introduced to in 2014. She says that she does not look at up to any professional athlete, she looks up to the people around her.
She has already won several awards in both Wheelchair Basketball, and Wheelchair Track. She will continue to amaze for years to come. Away from sports she will achieve so much in life. She has been accepted to both CU, and Mizzou. She has also applied to UT-Austin, and is still awaiting word on if she has been accepted there as well. “I am going to college next year to major in business and I hope to own my own business someday and eventually settle down and have my own family and travel.”
She can achieve anything, and she will, achieve anything. Determination, and inspiration will light the way for this talented young woman.