Mom Janie Tanner says that through Special Olympics she "gained another family." She no longer felt alone and was grateful to have the support network. More than twenty years later Brady is still participating and had countless medals from state, regional, and international competitions. He keeps a busy schedule competing in basketball, soccer, volleyball, softball, track and field, and cheerleading. But powerlifting came later.
For many years Brady’s dad Gary Tanner was the head coach at the Haskell Indian Nations University. Brady started helping out as the ball boy when he was still just a kid, often hanging out around the weight room. Years later one of the players on the team saw Brady’s potential to be a weightlifter and helped him get started.