Chance Boyd, who was born prematurely at 25 weeks gestation and suffered a type 2 bleed to the brain, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at 11 months old. Chance may have been given a cerebral palsy(C.P.) diagnoses but C.P. has never held chance back for accomplishing his goals or aspirations.
Chance is a Junior at Auburn University. Chance is pursuing a career in Physical Activity and Health with a concentration on Fitness Conditioning and Performance degree which, is part of the Kinesiology program. Chance just finished his fall semester with a 2.73 G.P.A. and is a student-athlete. Chance plays on the Auburn's Wheelchair Basketball Team and is fulfilling a lifelong dream of playing collegiate wheelchair basketball.
Chance attending Lakeside High School in Atlanta, Georgia. He was known for always having a cheerful smile and optimistic attitude. As he rolls throughout their halls he always found a way to impact and meet new folks. Chance maintained 3.75 GPA or higher in his three years at LHS. Chance finished strong at Lakeside and graduated in May, 2017 with a 3.72 GPA. Chance was a Georgia Positive Athlete -Adaptive winner for the State of GA in 2016 and Positive Athlete 2017 recipient for the Northside Hospital Leadership Awards including being the Pepsi ExCEL Scholarship recipient, and other grants/scholarships to help offset the cost of continuing his post-secondary studies. Chance knows it will be a challenge to balance college academics, athletes, and community but is looking forward to a fantastic year ahead.
Chance is an outgoing, courageous young man that is a rare breed. Chance never uses cerebral palsy as an excuse in life’s challenges. Chance works hard in school and out and lives by his motto: Hard work beats talent, if talent doesn’t work hard.
Chance has supported others in their differences like participating in school clubs (Lakeside’s Gay Straight Alliance), volunteering with My Favorite Charities feeding the homeless and spending time with the elderly. Chance is apart of Camp Kesem at Emory. Camp Kesem Emory is an organization that helps children affected by a parent’s cancer by providing lifelong support and is free and open to for all children regarding race, religion, or financial status.
Chance has worked on community projects and this past Christmas 2016 he raised over 500 new pairs of socks for his first "Sock Drive" for C.H.O.A and the homeless. Chance is currently working to pave the way for other individuals to achieve going to college and also pursuing collegiate sports. Chance is currently working on a major project called “Keep Us Rollin”. This project is at the grass-root stages of helping maintain or start a college wheelchair adaptive team/sports program for differently-abled individuals enrolled in college the opportunity to play collegiate level sports at their college just as their able-body peers. This resource would help in regards to providing funding for college (college tuition, fees tutoring, assistive technology and helping to run adaptive programs. With all the 50 states there is only a handful of collegiate teams throughout the U.S.A. Unfortunately, Chance and others pay out of state fees as their home state does not offer adaptive collegiate wheelchair basketball programs at this time. No young adult should be left out due to financial status or the ability to attend a college of their choice due to the high cost of out of state fees. I hope to alleviate that burden for all individuals just like me.