Poland’s new men’s football coach is a permanent source of inspiration

Poland Regional High School has a new head coach for the boys’ soccer team and he’s proving to be an inspiration to their players. Josh Kennison is also a world champion para-athlete. He says he works with students on the pitch and helps them get a better outlook on life off the pitch. “I bring a whole new perspective,” Kennison said. Due to a congenital condition, Kennison is a quadruple amputee. He was also born without part of his tongue and jaw. “I have to prove to people every day that I can do it, I can pull it off,” Kennison said. In 2013, he won a bronze medal in athletics at the International Paralympic World Championships. Since then, he’s started a family, coached college track and field, and then just last month became the head coach of the boys’ high school soccer team. “I love football. I’ve played football all my life. Hand sports really aren’t my thing,” Kennison said. He says no matter what your situation, you can win and prove people wrong. It’s a message that resonates with team captains Timothy Gray and Nolan Garey.” It’s just amazing to me that he can do all of these things and that he can still do these things as well if not better than we. It really changes my perspective. about different people about their abilities,” Garey said. “I’m glad Josh is my coach because he’s inspiring,” said Gray, who also says he’s struggled with depression during the COVID-19 pandemic. He uses the football as an outlet and says seeing Kennison defeated has motivated him so much.”He’s kind of like a mentor,” Gray said, his advice has really only radiated positivity throughout our team and we’ve only improved than since the beginning of the summer when this program started,” Garey said.

Poland Regional High School has a new head coach for the boys’ soccer team and he’s proving to be an inspiration to their players.

Josh Kennison is also a world champion para-athlete. He says he works with students on the pitch and helps them get a better view of life off the pitch.

“I bring a whole new perspective,” Kennison said.

Due to a congenital condition, Kennison is a quadruple amputee. He was also born without part of his tongue and jaw.

“I have to prove to people every day that I can do it, that I can be successful,” Kennison said.

In 2013, he won a bronze medal in athletics at the International Paralympic World Championships. Since then, he’s started a family, coached college track and field, and then last month became head coach of the boys’ high school soccer team.

“I love football. I’ve played football all my life. Manual sports really aren’t my thing,” Kennison said.

He says no matter your situation, you can overcome and prove people wrong. It’s a message that resonates with team captains Timothy Gray and Nolan Garey.

“It’s just amazing to me that he can do all of these things and that he can still do these things as well if not better than us. It really changes my perspective on different people about their abilities,” said Garey.

“I’m glad Josh is my coach because he’s inspiring,” said Gray, who also says he struggled with depression during the COVID-19 pandemic. He uses football as an outlet and says seeing Kennison overcome so much has motivated him.

“He’s kind of like a mentor,” Gray said.

Garey said he had high hopes for the Knights of Poland football team with Kennison as its leader.

“So far his advice has really only radiated positivity throughout our team and we’ve only gotten better since the start of the summer when this program started,” Garey said.

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