A few words about Scott
Scott was a world-class runner with the awards and recognition to back it up: A two-time All-American, and three-time Big Ten Conference champion. He also set the 800 Meter record at The Ohio State University in 1982 – a record that still stands today. His name is etched in the history books alongside the likes of Butch Reynolds and Jesse Owens.
While few could catch Scott on the track, there’s one thing that proved to be a formidable foe: Parkinson’s disease – something that would ultimately derail Scott’s lifelong joy of running.
A Parkinson’s diagnosis, devastating as it is, has revealed an opportunity to find a renewed sense of urgency; of purpose and intention. Always driven to be the best version of himself – as a husband, a father of three, as a business owner, student of life, and of course, a competitor – Scott is moving beyond the achievements of yesterday. He’s adapting to a reality that is as ever present as a subtle hand tremor, the slightly slower pace of his walk. He’s finding joy by logging those same familiar miles he once ran, but now on a bicycle.
Acceptance comes harder. Giving up the things he loved only to recognize everyday mundane tasks as the day’s new challenges doesn’t come easy. But Scott has never been one to take himself out of the race or to back down from larger-than-life challenges. He’s fighting back, winning new battles each day. And with a strong faith and commitment to persevere in the face of adversity, perhaps Scott’s greatest achievements are playing out in front of us – right now.
In this new chapter of life for Scott, it’s no longer about setting records, winning trophies and accumulating wins. Today there are decidedly fewer accolades, but the ones he does receive – they matter more. Even for this competitor at heart, Scott understands that it’s not about winning or losing – it’s about the willingness to stay in the game, regardless of circumstances. And, more important than ever, it’s about those remarkable individuals who stand beside and behind him, cheering him on every small step of the way.
Scott’s incredible can-do spirit is a testament to what a life well-lived can look like. He is – in a word – inspiring. And he’s willing to share the depth and details of his story with others, wherever they are and against whatever odds they face.