Nike Just Signed Its First Pro Athlete with Cerebral Palsy

Justin Gallegos received the amazing news of his new deal with Nike on World Cerebral Palsy Day.

Oct 16, 2018
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Justin Gallegos is a junior at the University of Oregon where he runs in the running club and aspires to run a half marathon in less than two hours - his current record being 2:03:49.

This is a huge achievement for any athlete, but even more so for Justin who suffers from cerebral palsy, a condition that affects muscle tone and motor skills.

 

Justin grew up getting around with a walker and going to physical therapy. In high school, he began running competitively and became a loyal Nike customer thanks to their line of sneakers which features a zippered heel for people with disabilities.

On October  6, 2018, Justin made history by being the first athlete with cerebral palsy to sign a running contract with Nike.

"I was once a kid in braces who could barely put one foot in front of the other," Gallegos wrote in an Instagram post. "Thank you everyone for helping show the world that there is No Such Thing As A Disability."

In this emotional video, Justin believes there is a camera crew present to film him finishing a cross-country race. Little did he know, in the end, he would make Nike history and be presented with his three-year contract.

Nike’s “Just Do It” campaign has featured a long list of iconic athletes over the last 30 years. Justin is proudly joining their ranks, and giving Nike’s slogan a whole new meaning.

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