Nike signs runner with cerebral palsy

NOW: Nike signs runner with cerebral palsy


VALENCIA, Cal. - A runner has become the first athlete with cerebral palsy to sign with Nike.

Justin Gallegos is a cross-country runner at the University of Oregon .

"There's been many moments along his story - where he surprises us and these great things happen," says Brent Gallegos, Justin's father.

Cerebral Palsy is a condition that affects muscle and motor function. But that didn't stop Justin from pursuing his dream of becoming a pro runner.

And last weekend after Justin's college race,  a representative from Nike showed up, surprised him with a contract - and captured the moment in a video.

"He's worked very hard for it and when he sets his goals he sets them very high. He says I make my goals
very high and so scary that I have to go for them,” says Tracy Gallegos, Justin's mother.

‘I'm still kinda in shock that it happened," Justin says.

Justin hopes his story will help inspire others.

"You don't have to let your disability or physical impairment stop you," he says.

"You can do anything you put your mind to - it doesn't matter if you have a disability or not. And Justin is living proof of that,” says his mother.

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