Overcoming a hardship

HB Independent

Austin Wenger is graduating high school with a basketball scholarship to Colorado Christian University, but when he was growing up, athletics looked like they might be out of the picture.

The 18-year-old was born with dyslexia, and a doctor advised his mother that organized sports might be too stressful for him. Despite the prediction, Wenger has been playing basketball for almost a decade.

"I think I proved it wrong," Wenger said. "I think I overcame [dyslexia]."

Wenger attended a private school specializing in learning disorders for part of elementary school. He no longer has problems in the classroom or on the court.

The 6-foot-4-inch student played varsity basketball all four years of high school and on a club team while keeping his grades up. Wenger said it has been a sacrifice, but it's what he loves.

"It's always just been a passion and hobby of mine," he said.

Wenger said he wants to continue sports and major in biology for a career in sports medicine or chiropractic.

"I just like to work with people and help people," he said.

— Britney Barnes

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