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Cheering on Paralympian Brody Roybal

Youngest Team USA paralympian and only from Illinois

Friday, Mar 7, 2014

Name: Brody Roybal
2014 Paralympic Event: Sled hockey
Position: Forward
Birthplace: Melrose Park, Ill.
Hometown: Northlake, Ill.
High School: West Leyden High School (Northlake, Ill.) ‘16
Club Team: Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) Blackhawks
Twitter: @brodyusa4

Please join me in congratulating Brody Roybal, who at just 15 years old, is the youngest member of the 2014 U.S. Paralympic team and will be the only athlete competing from Illinois. He is from Northlake, Illinois, and is a member of the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team.

Brody is a congenital bilateral amputee, born without femurs in either leg. He is currently a sophomore at West Leyden High School in Northlake, Ill., and he hopes to study finance in college. Brody began playing hockey at age eight and by 12 was attending development camps with the goal of going to the Paralympics. Just three years later, Brody will be fulfilling that goal at this year's Paralympic Games. Brody’s drive to succeed while continuing to excel at hockey is inspiring to athletes everywhere.

I have a personal connection to Brody. He skated with the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago’s (RIC) Blackhawks team, and I also attended RIC to complete my own rehabilitation following my stroke. RIC has been an excellent and ongoing support network for the both of us. Without the help of the excellent doctors, researchers, and therapists, I know that my life today would be much harder.

Good luck to Brody in Sochi!

Schedule of Events:

Mar. 8 6:30 AM v. Italy
Mar. 9 7:30 AM v. South Korea
Mar. 11 7:30 AM v. Russia
Mar. 13 TBD Playoffs Begin

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