My name is Chris­sy Clark-Lan­glois and I am a 2013 grad­u­ate of Chippe­wa Val­ley High School in Clin­ton Twp. My mom and I were burned in a house fire when I was 2 years old. As a result, I had to have both of my legs ampu­tat­ed below the knees. Since my mom was unable to care for me, due to the extent of her burns, I was placed into fos­ter care and at the age of 3, went to live with my great aunt and uncle.

When I was 10 years old and in the 5th grade, I joined the Ster­ling Heights Chal­lengers wheel­chair bas­ket­ball team. It was one of the best deci­sions I ever made! In play­ing for this team over the past 8 years, I won many awards includ­ing lead­er­ship and hus­tle, made many all tour­na­ment teams, and most impor­tant­ly made the Mid­west Con­fer­ence all aca­d­e­m­ic team each of those years.

Off the court, I was a repeat hon­or roll stu­dent at school, and in my high school years was a mem­ber of the Be the Change Club” and Nation­al Art Hon­or Soci­ety. Through­out my senior year, I vol­un­teered 3 hours dai­ly in the spe­cial needs class­room at my for­mer ele­men­tary school and also vol­un­teered at the Spe­cial Olympics for 3 years. At church I vol­un­teered week­ly in the reli­gious edu­ca­tion pro­gram and was cho­sen by the direc­tor for the annu­al Tim­o­thy Lead­er­ship award.

In my years of bas­ket­ball trav­el­ing, I’ve met many amaz­ing peo­ple from all over the coun­try, some sure to be life long friends! I’ve also learned to be inde­pen­dent, prepar­ing me for what the future holds. In 3 weeks, I will be head­ing off to Edin­boro Uni­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­va­nia to study psy­chol­o­gy and con­tin­ue play­ing bas­ket­ball on their ladies team. I’m excit­ed to go on and do some­thing new, play bas­ket­ball, meet new peo­ple, and cre­ate mem­o­ries. My goal is to some­day play on the USA Nation­al Women’s Wheel­chair Bas­ket­ball Team. 

As I go off to cre­ate anoth­er path in my jour­ney of life, I will always remem­ber the peo­ple who got me to where I am today. I am most thank­ful to my coach­es: Diane, Carl, and John who have pushed me to be the best that I can be. Also for Coach Mo Phillips, who is con­stant­ly encour­ag­ing me and sup­port­ing me both on and off the court. And for my bio­log­i­cal mom, who before she passed away, taught me more than any­one could imag­ine and for my adop­tive par­ents, sib­lings, fam­i­ly and friends. With­out all of them, not only would I not be here with you now, but I wouldn’t be the per­son I am today! 

Thank you, Athlete’s Unlim­it­ed, for pre­sent­ing me with this award today, and for giv­ing me the oppor­tu­ni­ty to achieve my goals. I am tru­ly grate­ful and honored.