Perhaps the most important part of our programs is fostering an attitude of improvement and seeing individuals adopt the values representative of Adaptive Sports Iowa. Every year, we award one athlete the Sean Runyan Memorial Award in honor of Sean’s spirit and contributions to helping others with physical disabilities obtain various opportunities.
Born with spina bifida, Sean began his career at age 12 participating in road races, track, field and weightlifting events on the state, regional and national levels. Sean set a weightlifting record for his weight class at the 1991 National Junior Disability Championships, and placed in each of his events at the 1989 World Championships for Disabled Youth, including winning the 1500m race while setting the world record for his age and ability level.
The Sean Runyan Memorial Award is the highest honor available for Iowa athletes with physical disabilities, and serves as a reminder of the capabilities and talent of all those living with physical disabilities.