The Office of Accessibility Resources and Department of Sport Management presents Ryan Martin, UC Catamount Room, Wednesday, Oct 26, 4-5 p.m.
Ryan Martin was born with Spina Bifida and had both his legs amputated when he was two years old. Discovering basketball at 12 years old transformed Ryan’s world from “wheelchair bound” to bound for college, for professional basketball, and for traveling overseas.
In 2007, Ryan joined the professional basketball league in Spain, playing as point guard for CID Casa Murcia Getafe in the last four seasons. Before Ryan went pro, he attended college at Southwest Minnesota State University and led SMSU to the NWBA National Title Game in 2001. He graduated in 2002 with a degree in Secondary Education and a minor in Sociology. After graduation, Ryan joined the Phoenix Wheelchair Suns and played in the 2005 NWBA All-Star games.
Realizing the profound, positive impact wheelchair basketball had on his own life, in 2011 Ryan founded the Ryan Martin Foundation with the mission to “help youth and adult athletes with disabilities live independent, impassioned, productive and full lives through sports training, mentoring and education.”
Today the foundation offers youth mentoring and basketball camps, and is developing basketball camps in partnership with the US Army for soldiers living with new disabilities. Ryan also dedicates much of his time to motivational speaking appearances.
— Submitted by Wesley J. Satterwhite