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NubAbility Athletics Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. We elevate the game of kids with limb-differences in main-streamed organized sports with encouragement, instruction and inspiration from over 70 accomplished limb-different athletes who have all walked a mile in their shoes or blades. Led by Co-Founders, Sam Kuhnert(Head Coach & CEO) and his mom, Jana Kaye Kuhnert (Director & Team Mom:) We encourage courage and confidence in sport and in life! We hold sport camps and clinics all over the nation and provide one on one coaching and mentoring in 26 sports. Our social pages are to also help us do just that. To submit a story to NubAbility that we may feature, please message us on this page or email media@NubAbility.org
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NubAbility AthleticsTuesday, July 25th, 2017 at 1:25pm
NubAbility Athletics: Sliding Into Tuesday Like... featuring our Fearless Leader, Sam Kuhnert, during the slip and slide session of camp! Sam decided a few years ago that he had a fun way to teach "sliding." It's now an annual tradition during our baseball and softball sessions! We're not sure who has more fun... our NubAbility campers or coaches! #DontNeed2

NEW FUNDRAISER: This summer if you book a trip through our BRAND NEW NubAbility travel site, 40-80% of your fees will be donated directly back to the NubAbility Athletics Foundation by the owners of the host lodgings! Our site offers hundreds of cruises, luxury homes, resorts, condos, golfing trips with destinations from all over the world! BROWSE FOR YOUR NEXT VACATION HERE: [nubability.travelpledge.com] 📸:

ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT CAMP REGISTRATIONS, SPONSORSHIPS, DONATIONS? Please email us [Info@NubAbility.org], text message us at (618) 357-1394 (no calls please!) or contact Jana Kaye Kuhnert or Sam Kuhnert directly ASAP!

The NubAbility Athletics Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to coaching youth, LIMB DIFFERENT athletes who would like to take their game to the next level in MAINSTREAMED organized sports. Our team is thankful for supporters like YOU! [www.NubAbility.org] 📸: Baseball Coach Kevin Ewing
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NubAbility AthleticsMonday, July 24th, 2017 at 6:45pm
NubAbility Grappling Coach Keith Miner vs Jay Wadsworth #F2WPRO42 Friday in Pittsburgh! PLS share to help spread the word! It's going to be a great fight! Buy tickets: www.cagetix.com/f2w #ShowCaseTheArt

NubAbility Athletics and NubAbility Outdoors, provide nationwide sports and outdoors camps, specifically BY limb different athletes FOR limb different athletes, to help provide a more tight-knit community of adaptive athletes, outdoors-men and outdoors-women from around the country!

ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT CAMP REGISTRATIONS, SPONSORSHIPS, DONATIONS? Please email us [Info@NubAbility.org], text message us at (618) 357-1394 (no calls please!) or contact Jana Kaye Kuhnert or Sam Kuhnert directly ASAP!

This summer if you book a trip through our BRAND NEW NubAbility travel site, 40-80% of your fees will be donated directly back to the NubAbility Athletics Foundation by the owners of the host lodgings! Our site offers hundreds of cruises, luxury homes, resorts, condos, golfing trips with destinations from all over the world! BROWSE FOR YOUR NEXT VACATION HERE: [nubability.travelpledge.com]

The NubAbility Athletics Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to coaching youth, LIMB DIFFERENT athletes who would like to take their game to the next level in MAINSTREAMED organized sports. Our team is thankful for supporters like YOU! [www.NubAbility.org]
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NubAbility AthleticsSunday, July 23rd, 2017 at 3:12pm
#SundaySuperStory: The sky's the limit for 11-year-old Keenan Briggs, number 32 on the Warren County South All-Stars in Kentucky - born without his left hand and forearm but full of spirit and determination. #PersonoftheWeek http://abcn.ws/2uIlzfP ABC World News Tonight with David Muir
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#SundaySuperStory: NubAbility Camper & Kentucky All-Star, Keen...
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NubAbility Athletics with Adaptive Action Sports.Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 at 11:36am
Check out what our NubAbility Athletics Coach, Calob Leindecker, does during the winter season with Adaptive Action Sports!! He's a total rock-star, a great athlete, and overall friend to the adaptive community. Watch his smooth moves while snowboarding during the USASA 2012 Adaptive National Championship, which he WON. #DontNeed2

NubAbility Athletics and NubAbility Outdoors, provide nationwide sports and outdoors camps, specifically BY limb different athletes FOR limb different athletes, to help provide a more tight-knit community of adaptive athletes, outdoors-men and outdoors-women from around the country!

The connections our coaches and campers make lasts long after our events are over, which is why our coaches are so important to our organization and what we do. What does the word "NubAbility" mean? "NUB:" What we call our LIMB DIFFERENT limb(s). "ABILITY:" Being able to. Imagine the POWER of having a MENTOR who looks like YOU.

ANY QUESTIONS ON HOW TO SPONSOR OR REGISTER FOR OUR UPCOMING CAMPS? Please email us [Info@NubAbility.org], text message us at (618) 357-1394 (no calls please!) or contact Jana Kaye Kuhnert (@risebyliftingblog) or Sam Kuhnert (@samkuhnert_empowers) directly for more information!

The NubAbility Athletics Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to coaching kids with limb loss get off the bench and into the game of MAINSTREAMED organized sports! [www.NubAbility.org] 📸: Daniel Gale | Watch Here on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/39920346
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NubAbility AthleticsSaturday, July 22nd, 2017 at 3:56am
NubAbility Athletics & NubAbility Outdoors SEEKING: DIGITAL MEDIA INTERNS w/ a strong interest in NON-PROFITS, SOCIAL MEDIA, SPORTS & our mission with the NubAbility Athletics Foundation.

Our organization works with youth, LIMB DIFFERENT athletes (congenitial &/or traumatic amputees) by hosting nationwide sport camps that provide mentoring, coaching and other opportunities! We are looking for 1-2 passionate Digital Media Interns to help with our social media (Facebook accounts, Twitter, Instagram accounts, Youtube & more!).

These positions would be unpaid but the hours can be tracked and put towards college or volunteer credit, which is GREAT! Plus, it will be a great resume building experience! Training would start ASAP!

You do not have to be LOCAL to be considered. Our Media Director can work with anyone who is interested remotely. Flexible hours! Prior experience isn't necessary but you must have a strong interest in learning about scheduling digital media, creating new content and branding!

Anyone interested? Please contact our team directly by email at Media@NubAbility.org (email subject line: DIGITAL INTERN) or comment below! Thank you all so much! We're hoping our "NubFam" can help us find some go-getters!

The NubAbility Athletics Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to coaching youth, LIMB DIFFERENT athletes who would like to take their game to the next level in MAINSTREAMED organized sports. Our team is thankful for supporters like YOU! [www.NubAbility.org]
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NubAbility AthleticsFriday, July 21st, 2017 at 2:12pm
Story by The Southern Illinoisan: Walking in to the Du Quoin High School on Friday afternoon felt like walking in to a large family gathering, and that’s the way Nubability Camp Co-founder Sam Kuhnert wants it.

Kuhnert, a Du Quoin native, was born without a left hand and played basketball, baseball and football at Duquoin High School. He made the baseball team at Greenville and Morthland colleges, and at 24 has a BA in Business Administration from Morthland, works for the Linzee Insurance Agency, Inc. and manages NubAbility Athletics + NubAbility Athletics.

Kuhnert founded the camp in 2011, along with his mom, Jana. This year, the camp convened July 13-16 and drew about 155 athletes and their families from all over the country for four days of coaching and inspiration.

The inspiration to create Nubablily came to Kuhnert while attending a camp called camp “No Limits” in Missouri, where he was brought in to try to introduce sports to the kids. During a conversation with the kids, Kuhnert said he discovered they were only playing sports they could excel at, but weren’t challenged by.

“When I asked why, it turns out the limitation was coming from their parents. They said ‘we are afraid our kids are going to fail, but if we put them in these sports, they will excel and they won’t face failure.’ And as an athlete and a former coach I instantly had a problem with that,” Kuhnert said.

As an antidote, Kuhnert has created a challenging three day event that links youth athletes with a mentor in a “focus sport.” He is able to do this, in part, because of the dedicated core of 70 limb-different athletes who travel from 19 states to inspire, instruct and encourage the kids.

Keuhnert said at the beginning, he found coaches by looking up “one-legged soccer player” on the internet.

Through his method, he recruited people such as Bree McMahon, 24, of Orlando, who lost her leg in a 2009 car accident, and Dave Newkirk, a former Paralympic Volleyball player who is limb-different from birth.

When the kids make connections with someone, Kuhnert said, they stay in touch with them.

“This is a year-round mentor program. All of our coaches give out their personal contact information to the parents and to the kids.“ Kuhnert said.

That way, he said, if someone needs advice on how to train for a sport during the year, they have someone who has faced the same challenges and can help coach them to success.

“The point in coaching is to show these kids that they were created perfectly in God’s image and they can do anything they put their mind to. There are no excuses in life.”

Kuhnert said the one rule they have at the camp is you can’t say can’t because there is always a way.

“The theme of this year’s camp is ‘Rise Up,’ because you always have to rise up to overcome adversity, and you are always going to be put down in some way in life, but if you rise up there is nothing you can’t overcome. We really are a family and we support each other that way,” Kuhnert said.

For 7-year-old Grace Braswell of Cassleberry, Florida, the experience is overwhelmingly positive. “I went last year and this year and I love it here. I am meeting a lot of people and having fun.”

Grace is visiting with her father, Stephen; mother, Alison; and baby sister. She has spent the past two days honing her skills in her focus sport, swimming.

Grace has been limb-different from birth but has no problems working on the front crawl, and hopefully over the course of the camp, learning the starfish float which is a pre-cursor to learning the backstroke.

Stephanie Decker and her husband, Joe, have traveled from Indiana to coach softball and baseball. Decker, who played basketball in college, is here representing the Decker Foundation, which focuses its work in the field of leading-edge prosthetics.

Decker lost both legs in a 2012 tornado. “I was home with my two kids, I walked away without a scratch and unfortunately I had a beam fall on my legs and sever my limbs,” she said.

The Deckers have been involved with Nubability for 6 years both as sponsors and coaches.

“We really enjoy it. Even our kids participate. My son, who is 14, helps out with baseball, and my daughter, who is 11 helps out with softball,” Decker said.

The camp is also staffed with over 200 volunteers from the Du Quoin area, an outpouring of support, Kuhnert said, that makes the camp would not be possible.

“This camp runs so well in part because of the huge effort made by the people of Du Quoin. Not a lot of people can say they get 200 volunteers from their community to come help them out,” Kuhnert said.

The NubAbility Athletics Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to coaching youth, LIMB DIFFERENT athletes who would like to take their game to the next level in MAINSTREAMED organized sports. Our team is thankful for supporters like YOU! [www.NubAbility.org]
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NubAbility AthleticsThursday, July 20th, 2017 at 4:05pm
DU QUOIN, IL -- A unique sports camp brings accomplished athletes together with kids aspiring to be better in their sports. But the campers and coaches are doing more with less.

"I looked over at my mom and I was like, 'I want to start a camp,' and I'm pretty sure she gave me one of these because it's not something that really comes out of your mouth," said Nubability CEO and Founder Sam Kuhnert.

Sam remembers when he first had an idea to host his own camp for people with limb differences.

In 2012, that dream was a reality when the first Nubability Sports Camp was held in Du Quoin with less than 20 campers and seven coaches.

Fast forward to 2017, and more than 150 campers and 60 coaches will converge on Perry County this weekend for the 6th annual camp.

Sam says his mission is making these athletes realize their full potential.

"To give these kids the opportunity to compete, to get these kids the opportunity to be kids, to be athletes, to really come out and be the best they can be at everything and to show them that they were created perfectly. That's what it's all about," said Sam.

Sam is an accomplished athlete playing and coaching baseball at the collegiate level.

He enlisted the help of dozens of other successful athletes from varsity sports to the pros.

All of the coaches have struggled with their own difficulties learning how to play sports with missing limbs or fingers.

"It's not a matter of if it's a matter of how," said Jackie Kenyon with Hands to Love. "And sometimes how takes a while to figure out but we can always figure it out."

Hayden Thompson comes to camp from Texas. She feels like she's meant to be here coaching kids that look like her.

"We feel like we were made to be here, and we think that this is where we're supposed to be and this is how we're supposed to be helping and that's why this happened to us."

Some of the coaches were born this way while others suffered injuries or accidents like Bree McMahon.

Bree was hit by a car in 2009.

"The first thing I asked when I came out of my coma was, 'When can I run again?'" said Bree.

Bree went on to play soccer in college for five years.

She's back for the 4th year coaching other aspiring soccer athletes.

Barbie Thomas (FitnessUnarmed.com Barbie Thomas) is also here for her 4th year.

She mainly coaches tumbling but is also going to help coach volleyball this year, despite having no arms.

Nubability focuses on kids first but the parents often learn valuable lessons too.

"They come in and they see all of these amazing coaches doing it with one arm or one leg and showing they how they do it," said Dorian Michael Willes of Idaho. "It's also cool not to see the change in the kids, but the parents, too."

The coaches say sometimes the parents are afraid to let their kids do certain things for fear of injury or failure. But they say sometimes the kids need to fail to realize how to get back up and try again.

"There's more coaches that look exactly like the kids," said Hayden. "So now they get to see someone doing all of these things and they get to watch them and then the parents get to watch them."

These coaches travel from all around the country to be in Du Quoin for camp each year. They don't get paid but say the rewards are priceless.

"They come in and push these kids because they remember what it was like when they were a kid," said Sam. "And to give these kids those steps to advance their career that we didn't have."

Barbie says she hopes this camp brings about big changes to all of the athletes attending.

"I'm hoping when they leave they feel more confident in themselves and realize I can do this, as long as I put my mind to it," she said. Story by WSIL-TV.
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NubAbility Athletics added a new photo to the album: 6th Annual #DontNeed2 Summer Camp 2017.Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 at 2:24pm
Photo booth photog Doug Daniels Jr! Thanks Doug!! Doug Daniels Photography

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