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Alaa Abdeldaiem is a recent Crown Point High School graduate studying exercise science and journalism at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. She is an avid NFL fan, with the Indianapolis Colts being her favorite team. While physical therapy is her primary career goal, Alaa's dream job includes sharing athletes' inspirational stories through published newspapers and magazines, getting involved in concussion research, or working as a sports physician or physical therapist under a professional sports team. When not at school or writing, Alaa enjoys playing the violin, reading, and working on local service projects to impact the community around her. Alaa is grateful for the opportunity to write for Purpose 2 Play, as it serves as a means for her to continue to do what she loves regardless of where her life takes her.

Dave Clark Played Pro Baseball On Crutches, Now Provides Sports Opportunities To Those With Special Needs

November 2, 20160

  By Alaa Abdeldaiem Dave Clark didn’t know if he would ever get his chance. A polio survivor, Clark was without full use of his legs, and his stunted growth
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From Steps to Strides, Misty Diaz Overcomes Prescription Drug Addiction to Race With Spina Bifida

June 7, 20160

  By Alaa Abdeldaiem Misty Diaz has never been one to believe in limitations. Despite being born with Myelomenigocele–a birth defect in which the backbone and spinal canal do not
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Kyle Maynard Climbs Through Struggles, Sets Sight On New Heights

December 15, 20150

  By Alaa Abdeldaiem There was a moment in Kyle Maynard’s life when his future was filled with uncertainty. Growing up, the Fort Wayne, Indiana, native had a mind full
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From Drug Addiction to Ironman World Championship, Lionel Sanders Perseveres

November 5, 20150

By Alaa Abdeldaiem Lionel Sanders had to pinch himself to make sure he wasn’t dreaming. The 27-year-old triathlete had just completed a 140.6-mile course at the Ironman World Championship in
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Four Years Removed From Wrestling, Anthony Robles is Still Unstoppable

September 3, 20150

“This is it.” As the final seconds of the 2011 NCAA 125-pound national title match ticked away, those were the words that ran through then-Arizona State wrestler Anthony Robles’ head.
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