Nike Surprises Runner With Cerebral Palsy With a Professional Contract

Get your tissues ready! Justin Gallegos just became the first professional athlete with cerebral palsy to sign a contract with Nike. 

A junior at Oregon University and a member of the schools running club, John Douglass, Nike’s insight’s director, was there to surprise Gallegos and offer him a professional contract. The film crew was there to capture his reaction.

Watch Gallegos emotional reaction below!

 

The reaction video was released on Saturday, which was World Cerebral Palsy Day. Gallegos took to Instagram to share the moment and express his feelings after signing with Nike.

 

Per Running Magazine, as a toddler and preschooler Gallegos used a walker. He then started physical therapy to help improve his stride. It wasn't until high school that his story caught Nike's attention. Since then he helped Nike develop a running shoe for people with disabilities called the FlyEase. The shoe has a zippered heel that makes it easier to get on and off.

Gallegos' dream is to break the two-hour mark in a half marathon. This past April, he completed his first half marathon in 2:03:49. He completed his second half marathon in September.

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