Andrew Kittrell, age 12, was at the University of Central Oklahoma to compete in the Endeavor Games on June 7-10. The Endeavor Games is a nationally recognized competition endorsed or sanctioned by U.S. Paralympics, National Disability Sports Alliance, Disabled Sports USA, United States Association of Blind Athletes, USA Track and Field, and Wheelchair Sports USA. It allows all athletes with physical disabilities to participate in a multi-sport event.Andrew competed in the Track events with a few of his other Amputee Blade Runner and Swiftwick teammates. He brought home 4 gold medals with times of 9.73 in the 60m, 16.50 in the 100m, 35.57 in the 200m, and 1:19.07 in the 400m events. His times also broke all of previous records for his age group in U14. Andrew’s dad, Mike Kittrell says “I couldn’t be more proud of him to do this well in his first ever competition. This is the first sport I haven’t coached him in, and it was kind of nice to just stand at the finish line and be dad. His ability is a God given gift and I’m just glad to see his determination to use it. These games were an amazing experience for our family, and makes you realize that we all should be more determined to use the gifts we are given.”
Along with his Vanderbilt and NFL football goals from the story you may remember last fall, Andrew hopes to one day bring home the gold for Team USA in the Paralympics. He would like to follow in the footsteps of his mentor, former multiple gold and bronze medalist Ryan Fann. Ryan is one of Andrew’s prosthetist, along with Aaron Fitzsimmons at Amputee Associates in Nashville who provide his running prosthetics through the Amputee Blade Runners. Andrew is also a patient at the Shriner’s Hospital in Lexington, Ky.
Amputee Blade Runners is a Non-Profit organization that helps provide free running prosthetics for amputees. A running prosthetic is not covered by insurances, so this organization helps amputees keep an active lifestyle after amputation or get back into an active life if they have been an amputee for a while. For more information about Andrew’s ABR Team, you can visit www.amputeebladerunners.com. For more information on the Endeavor Games visit www.ucoendeavorgames.com.