Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Blind Pole Vaulter - Third at Texas State Meet

Think back to the days before hierarchies began to fall, specifically the hierarchy that keep disabled people with little rights and few opportunities.

Charlotte Brown, who will attend Purdue on an academic scholarship in the fall and walk on to the track and field team, placed third in the Texas state high school championships in pole vaulting. When she was on the podium and her bronze medal was draped around her neck, next to her was her service dog Vador.

But of course, before Title IX, with or without a disability, she would not be able to compete in such a meet.