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Senator Janis Lee Sponsors Senate Resolution Supporting Kevin Saunders for Chairman of the President's Council on Physical Fitness & Sports
Date:2/9/2010

him dead -- he has gone on to become a celebrated athlete, champion, and example for young people everywhere.

While a personal tragedy of that magnitude might have ended the dreams of most people, Kevin has turned his misfortune into a catalyst for self achievement, both in himself and others. Not content to simply accept a limited "life with a disability," he used physical fitness as the tool with which he could reshape his life. Beginning with small, local races, he turned from a young man cut down in his prime to an emerging athletic force, winning regional, national, and eventually international competitions.

It's possible that being a two-time Paralympian and medal winner who in 1990 was named "the world's greatest all-around wheelchair athlete" would be impressive enough. These achievements, however, only scratch the surface. Following his performances in Korea and Spain, Kevin was appointed to the President's Council by George H.W. Bush -- making him the first person with a disability / Paralympian to serve on the council, and the only member reappointed by President Bill Clinton.

At the conclusion of that term, Kevin continued to serve the American people by pushing himself from one end of the country to the other, over 2,500 painstaking miles in all, stopping in cities and towns along the way to hold forums on fitness. He has made it his mission, should he be selected for service on the President's Council again, this time as chairman he plans to visit all 50 states personally and do whatever he can to help Americans enjoy happier, healthier lives. His plan is to spend a minimum of two weeks in each state, not only meeting with political and community leaders, but motivating students to keep daily accountability journals with their short and long term goals for education, fitness and making healthier choices.

As someone with extensive experience on the President’s Council, not to mention exte
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