Kirk knows a lot about overcoming obstacles and inspiring others to do the same. When he was younger, Kirk—who was born with both intellectual and physical disabilities—learned how to walk and run using his arms and knees. This happened because his family could not afford to buy a wheelchair to help him.
This is the kind of determination that Kirk brings to every competition. He first showed this resilience at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, where he raced on all fours in the 50-meter. He narrowly missed the bronze medal—even as he competed against other athletes running upright. Then he won gold in the softball throw event; this was also a difficult feat, since Kirk was throwing from a sitting position, while others stood. Oh—and he was just 13 years old at that time.
Four years later, he competed at the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi—where his athleticism earned him a silver medal and captured global attention, including superstar Usain Bolt. The Olympian congratulated Kirk on his success, saying “Respect goes out …Anything is possible.”
Now, Kirk is back for yet another World Games competition—a 'three-peat'—in Berlin! Cheer him on by sharing his story!