Prior to the men’s basketball against Valparaiso Friday night at the WSU Nutter Center, Grace Norman, a two-time medalist at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, will be honored by Wright State University. Game time is 7:30 pm.
She will also be available for photos and autographs on the concourse at halftime.
Wright State University has long been in the forefront of disability services in higher education. In 1970 the school was one of the first to create an Office of Disability Services – three years before Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act required any university receiving federal money to make its programs accessible to persons with disabilities, and 20 years before the Americans with Disabilities Act. Today, Wright State’s campus is one of the most accessible in the country. Its tunnel system is believed to be one of the most extensive collegiate pedestrian tunnel systems in the United States. Nearly two miles of tunnels links 20 of 22 buildings in the academic sector of campus.
Norman is a freshman majoring nursing at Cedarville University. She won the gold medal in the triathlon and just 36 hours later, she won a bronze medal in the 400-meter race. As the youngest triathlon athlete at the Paralympics, and for her inspirational accomplishment, she gained the respect and adoration of Americans.