In suburban St. Louis, Ladue Horton Watkins High School sprinter Annie Donnell ran the 400-meter dash for the first time this spring, after having run the 100-meters in her first three years on the track team. "I wasn't really sure what to expect," the junior told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch after the longer race. "It's always different when you run in a meet than when you practice on your track."
Nothing unusual here, except that Annie has been blind since birth.
This month's heroes not only deserve respect for pursuing their passions in sports, despite their disabilities, but also set an example for
students with disabilities who might have second thoughts about
confronting barriers of their own, on and off the field.