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Venture outside the traditional way to put on shoes. .I was born with spastic diplegia, a form of Cerebral Palsy Evan Gattis Jersey
that stiffens and tightens the muscles in the body. This affects me in many ways, including the use of fine motor skills in my right hand, which makes it impo sible for me to tie my shoes.MORE: | In the summer of 2012, after some embarra sing moments while out with friends, I was fed up with not being able to tie my shoes. To make matters worse, there was nothing on the market that represented a cool pair of kicks Andy Pettitte Jersey
that are easy to put on.Out of nece sity, not only for myself but for the millions of other disabled people who cant tie their shoes, I wrote a letter to Nike CEO Mark Parker explaining that there is a huge population of people who are dealing with this i sue. My letter and my cause quickly went viral. After the dust settled, I was hoping Nike would listen. To simply say they listened would be an understatement.Nike connected me with designer Tobie Carlos Lee Jersey
Hatfield, who quickly realized tying shoes wasnt my only struggle. It also was getting my feet into the shoes, due to a lack of flexibility and range of motion in my feet. After discu sing my needs, I put my faith in Nike to help make my life a little easier. Hatfield began work on a prototype featuring a rear entry closure system utilizing zippers, cables and a Velcro strap. After wear-testing and giving detailed feedback on several prototypes Houston Astros Jersey
via Skype over a three-year period, the ordinary started to become the extraordinary.Not right, then not quite right, then perfect.Nike invited me to Los Angeles in June to discu s the progre s of the shoes and meet Hatfield in person. After getting over the emotions of meeting the brilliant designer that forever changed my life, Hatfield informed me that an ease of entry shoe would be released to the public and presented me with the final product: The Zoom Soldier 8 FLYEASE.Its tough to believe Lance McCullers Jersey
the mark I made on the special needs community. I received an outpouring of thanks, including emotional videos from people with special needs putting their shoes on for the first time. What started with a simple letter three years ago turned into something that has impacted so many lives and will be forever remembered. Nike and I Just Did It.Matthew Walzer is a sophomore at Florida Gulf Coast University studying sports management and journalism. Follow him on Twitter .