At 13, while play­ing bas­ket­ball with friends in his front yard, Amen Alyasiry’s life was for­ev­er changed. Amen was struck by a stray bul­let, suf­fer­ing a gun­shot wound to his spinal cord. He was told he would be par­a­lyzed for the rest of his life, how­ev­er, he refused to accept his fate and instead grasped on the poten­tial he had. Sev­en years lat­er, Amen walks with the assis­tance of a leg brace and cane.

I came out of this extreme­ly chal­leng­ing expe­ri­ence with high aspi­ra­tions. It taught me to strive for great­ness and seize every oppor­tu­ni­ty that is afford­ed to me because that oppor­tu­ni­ty can be tak­en in a blink of an eye,” says Amen.

Amen has loved the game of bas­ket­ball since he was five. He was intro­duced to wheel­chair bas­ket­ball dur­ing his first hos­pi­tal stay. Amen imme­di­ate­ly fell in love! When Amen learned of wheel­chair bas­ket­ball it pro­vid­ed him with hope at being able to par­tic­i­pate in an orga­nized form of bas­ket­ball, even after his injury. This rekin­dled Amen’s love for sports and got him work­ing hard­er than he ever had before.

Amen’s been a mem­ber of the Nation­al Wheel­chair Bas­ket­ball Asso­ci­a­tion (NWBA) for three years. He’s played for the Detroit Diehards in Divi­sion II of the NWBA from 2015 – 2017 and is cur­rent­ly com­pet­ing in Divi­sion I of the NWBA at The Uni­ver­si­ty of Arizona. 

Amen is a Junior at The Uni­ver­si­ty of Ari­zona where he stud­ies elec­tri­cal engi­neer­ing and plays for the school’s wheel­chair bas­ket­ball team.

In every play­er, there is a fire burn­ing, a need, a desire, an ever­last­ing itch to be noth­ing less than great. Per­spec­tive has giv­en me a sense of grat­i­tude that I will for­ev­er cher­ish, and I intend to con­tin­ue to learn from every­body involved in my jour­ney,” states Amen.

In every play­er, there is a fire burn­ing, a need, a desire, an ever­last­ing itch to be noth­ing less than great. Per­spec­tive has giv­en me a sense of grat­i­tude that I will for­ev­er cher­ish, and I intend to con­tin­ue to learn from every­body involved in my jour­ney,” states Amen.