Wheelchair athlete makes history

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NEW YORK (WKTV) – Jason Robinson is making history in New York school athletics.

The 13-year-old is the first wheelchair athlete to compete alongside his peers as a full member of the Westmoreland Middle School Modified Track & Field Team.

The seventh grader was born with spina bifida, but it hasn’t stopped him from achieving his goals.

Playing a school sport is something some athletes take for granted, but Jason knows it’s a huge feat for someone with a physical disability.

“For me I play basketball with a bunch of older adults and they’re awesome, but it’s fun to be on a team with all of my friends,” he said. “So I can be a part of a school team too.”

With the help of the school’s athletic department, Jason’s parents and the state athletic commission, Jason will compete in shot put and discus against other local track teams.

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