NubAbility Athletics Foundation is #unstoppABLE
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
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Welcome to the digital home of NubAbility Athletics Foundation, a one-of-a-kind non-profit organization dedicated to helping kids with limb loss get off the bench and into the game. Our team of high school, collegiate and professional athletes teach the youth to not only play, but to play the best with less – and win.
Based in Du Quoin, Illinois, our story began with Head Coach Sam Kuhnert, who was born without an extra hand and whose determination allowed him to succeed on the high school and college baseball fields. While working at a family-resources camp for fellow limb-different youth, Sam discovered a need for in-depth, thorough athletic training opportunities.
In 2012, he and eight other limb-different coaches came together in Du Quoin to host a summer camp similar to collegiate camps offered for young athletes. Offering training in a variety of sports, from baseball and softball to basketball, football to wrestling, volleyball to dance and cheer, these coaches built the foundation of NubAbility Athletics.
And on that foundation, the we have continued to grow. In 2014, the third year of our All-Sport Summer Camp, more than 70 limb-different youth from 24 states descended upon Southern Illinois to learn from a roster of more than 30 accomplished coaches. Through three days of camp, these youth, ranging in age from 4 to 18, learned everything from the basics of their respective sports to workouts and drills to help them continually improve.
The NubAbility coaching staff is made up of volunteer athletes willing to share their experiences, skills, stories and faith with the next generation of athletes. Among them are collegiate Maxwell Award winning football star Eddie Delaney, ESPY Award-winning gymnast Linnea Dohring, former WWE superstar Zach Gowen, U.S. Amputee World Cup soccer goalie Eric Westover, 2013 Miss Iowa Nicole Kelly and several others who have excelled against top-level competition in their fields.
While All-Sport Summer Camp remains the pinnacle of the NubAbility Athletics calendar, our reach is always growing, and we’ve begun to offer a variety of coaching and mentoring opportunities outside of camp. From individual sports clinics – including a baseball and softball clinic co-sponsored by the Minnesota Twins in December 2014 – to our P.E. Teach Reach program, which involves one of our coaches spending a day participating in school P.E. classes and delivering an anti-bullying message to the student body, we’re trying to spread the NubAbility attitude across the United States – and beyond.
We invite you to explore our site further to learn more about who we are, what we do and why we do it. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out at [email protected]. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, as well, to stay up speed with all our efforts. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about NubAbility Athletics Foundation; we appreciate the interest and support.
Hear NubAbility Founder and Head Coach Sam Kuhnert’s story of God in sport and what led him to launch NubAbility in this testimonial video.
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