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Who Is Carl Riccio?

My name is Carl Riccio and I am from Warren, New Jersey. I recently graduated from Villanova University and am looking forward to attending law school in the fall. I grew up in a large, sports oriented family. For the first 17 years of my life, my goals and aspirations mostly revolved around athletics. I became a state champion in wrestling, and in my favorite sport of baseball I was awarded a position on the Junior Preseason All-American Baseball Team. It was very gratifying to feel I was on track to reach my life long goal of playing professional baseball.

On February 22, 2003, something happened in a split second that forever changed the course of my life. I suffered a severe spinal cord injury (SCI) while competing in a high school wrestling match. The injury rendered me a quadriplegic. After my injury, I realized that I had to redirect my life, rethink my goals, and take a different path toward success. I met many people with similar injuries to mine. Some were beaten, and felt that their lives were over. To watch this happen to another human being is a life changing experience. I donít know why I have been given the ability to go on striving for success despite my physical challenges, but I do know that in itself makes me a lucky man...

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  • "My name is Jamie Kota a Lock Haven University graduate 1994 and teammate of Danny Smith. I just wanted to drop a note to you. I live in NC and this season we just had 2 wrestlers with spinal cord injuries! I was emailing the coaches, and pastors with some information. And I had sort of placed your story in the back of my mind, when guess what shows up in my email today - yep your link! God's timing is truly perfect. I haven't heard an update in a long time. I was wondering if we might try to put you in contact with these families, could be a situation where you could step up and be a mentor for these families and young men. Let me know - jamiekota@gmail.com. Incredible to see God at work!"
    - Jamie Kota
    2/15/2012
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