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Volney Elementary School Welcomes Greg Callen

Volney Elementary School recognized March as perseverance month and welcomed a special visit by a local man who knows exactly what it means to persevere.

Volney Elementary School Principal Jeff Hendrickson introduces special guest Greg Callen to students during the school’s March character education assembly. The theme for the assembly was perseverance and Callen spoke to students at the school about his life following a tragic accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down. He shared his challenges and triumphs and how his journey led him to create Move Along Inc, an organization committed to helping people of ages and disabilities enjoy inclusionary athletic activities.
Volney Elementary School Principal Jeff Hendrickson introduces special guest Greg Callen to students during the school’s March character education assembly. The theme for the assembly was perseverance and Callen spoke to students at the school about his life following a tragic accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down. He shared his challenges and triumphs and how his journey led him to create Move Along Inc, an organization committed to helping people of ages and disabilities enjoy inclusionary athletic activities.

Eight years ago, Greg Callen survived a tragic accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down and bound to a wheelchair.

Today he thrives as a business professional and commits much of his time to helping individuals of all ages with disabilities through his non-profit organization, Move Along Inc.

As Volney’s guest of honor at the school’s March character education assembly, Callen spoke to students about his journey and how a positive attitude and a commitment to persevere helped him overcome challenges and obstacles to achieve his goals.

An avid athlete with a passion for many sports, Callen shared with the students how in the face of adversity he is still able to participate in the recreational activities he’d always enjoyed.

Greg Callen from Move Along Inc was the guest of honor at the Volney Elementary School March character education assembly. Callen spoke about his personal journey following a tragic accident and how his organization helps other individuals with disabilities enjoy sports such as basketball and ice hockey. Students William Stone, left, and Joseph Benavidez participate in a relay race using some of the customized equipment that Callen uses to play basketball.
Greg Callen from Move Along Inc was the guest of honor at the Volney Elementary School March character education assembly. Callen spoke about his personal journey following a tragic accident and how his organization helps other individuals with disabilities enjoy sports such as basketball and ice hockey. Students William Stone, left, and Joseph Benavidez participate in a relay race using some of the customized equipment that Callen uses to play basketball.

He demonstrated how he enjoys bicycling using a hand-cycle, how a customized wheelchair and a sled allow him to play basketball and ice hockey and most importantly how his organization, Move Along Inc., makes it possible for other individuals to be engaged in similar inclusionary recreational activities.

“Inclusion sports are for everyone. Winning or losing doesn’t matter. What you get out of a game is what matters most,” he said when he gave students at the school an opportunity to try the customized athletic equipment and be a member of an inclusionary relay race team.

He encouraged the students to face difficulties in their lives with the same principles that have helped him achieve his goals, saying, “Try to better yourself all of the time and remember we are all here to help one another.”

Leading her team to a victory in a relay race is Volney Elementary School student Patricia Milner. Volney Elementary School capped of March as perseverance month with a special visit by Greg Callen. He shared his personal journey following a tragic accident and how his journey helped him establish Move Along Inc., a non-profit organization committed to helping people of ages and disabilities participate in inclusionary recreational activities such as basketball and hockey. The relay race gave students at the school an opportunity to experience being a member of an inclusionary relay race team.
Leading her team to a victory in a relay race is Volney Elementary School student Patricia Milner. Volney Elementary School capped of March as perseverance month with a special visit by Greg Callen. He shared his personal journey following a tragic accident and how his journey helped him establish Move Along Inc., a non-profit organization committed to helping people of ages and disabilities participate in inclusionary recreational activities such as basketball and hockey. The relay race gave students at the school an opportunity to experience being a member of an inclusionary relay race team.