Nike offers professional contract to athlete with cerebral palsy

Nike offers professional contract to athlete with cerebral palsy

Justin Gallegos has become Nike’s first professional athlete with cerebral palsy, after the sports brand offered him a contract when he completed a marathon.

Mr Gallegos, a student at the University of Oregon, was met at the finish line by a video crew and Nike’s Insights Director John Douglas.

Although he thought the cameras were there to film the event, Mr Gallegos was surprised when Mr Douglas offered him the contract, breaking down in tears and later writing on Instagram that it was “perhaps the most emotional moment in my seven years of running”.

Fittingly, the contract was awarded on 6 October — Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day.

Mr Gallegos has previously helped Nike create a running show for people with disabilities, and aims to break the two-hour mark in a marathon.

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