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Friday Round-Up: Paradox Sports + Veteran’s Day – Live Life on Your Own Terms

November 11th, 2011

Unless you’ve been living in a deep, dark cave… You may have noticed that there is a lot of cool stuff going on out there. So, we thought it was high-time we started rounding up some of our faves each week. We call it the Osprey Round-Up… Happy Friday!

Osprey has long been a sponsor of Paradox Sports, a movement created by an eclectic group of individuals with a common desire to integrate the physically disabled into the outdoor community by providing inspiration, opportunities, and the adaptive equipment needed to participate in human-powered outdoor sports. It is the brainchild of Army Captain DJ Skelton and Osprey athlete and professional climber Timmy O’Neill.

DJ was wounded in Iraq and is still on active duty AND works as an advocate for wounded soldiers returning from Iraq. via ABC News earlier this year when DJ left for a tour in Afghanistan.

Capt. D.J. Skelton was blown up the night of Nov. 6, 2004…

Six years have passed since that night. After more than 60 surgeries, Skelton, 33, is back on the battlefield.

Skelton said he is missing one eye, has partial use of his left arm, is missing the roof of his mouth and has limited mobility in one ankle. He cannot eat or drink without a custom prosthetic.

“Those are the details,” he said. “The reality? I rock climb, run marathons, mountaineer, ice climb, pogo stick, hula hoop… I just figure out new ways to do the old!”

In his Paradox Sports Founder’s Statement, DJ said:

Life is too easy, folks. Once you get over the fact that life is not supposed to be but just is as it is right now, life becomes too easy. Deal with it and keep pushing forward. We are not teaching you anything you don’t already know. We are just reminding you that you are amazing and you have unlimited potential to achieve greatness in this life.

Live life on your own terms…

Thank you to all of the Veterans out there.

PHOTO via Paradox Sports

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