Soccer Player Overcomes Challenges After Accident, Receives Award

By Kristin Martin | 

HART COUNTY, Ky. (WBKO) -- A Hart County High School soccer player with an inspirational story will receive a special award.

She found out about it at a recognition ceremony at her school this morning.

"Only words I had ever spoken to her was, 'Good game.' I wanted to tell her how much she inspired me after the game, but it just didn't feel like the right time," said Jonathan Vincent, the athletic director at Warren East High School.

That's why he nominated Kadison Warren for the Tom Leach All-Resiliency Team Award -- an honor recognizing high school athletes in the state who overcome challenges to play sports.

"I don't see how people see me. To me, I'm normal, but to others, I guess I inspire them? Maybe? I guess that's what this is for actually," said Kadison, a 15-year-old soccer player for the Lady Raiders.

She lost part of her leg in a four-wheeler accident a couple years ago, but still played soccer using her prosthetic leg.

"I just think it's incredible, someone who has had an accident like she's had, where she lost half her leg and her kicking leg, to continue to participate," said her coach, Kenny Shepperd.

"When we complain and we gripe about conditioning or running, here's a young lady that's just loving the opportunity. That inspired me to want to be a better person, a better coach, and it inspired my girls to want to be better players," Vincent said.

Her inspiration is so strong that while playing an opposing team, she stood out to them.

"When we play Hart County, it's always a full out battle, a full out war, and then to see somebody that's overcome what she's had to overcome, to be out there participating in that war -- it was special," Vincent said.

A was Kadison's coach equipped her for well.

"She was not going to get any special treatment. I don't know if that's the right attitude or not from a coach, but that's what she wanted, that's what her mother asked me to do," Shepperd said.

Kadison said she hopes people learn from her story to never give up despite the challenges that try to block their goal.

She will go to the University of Louisville at the end of April to accept her award with the other student athletes in the state who also received the honor.

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