Date of Birth: 12/05/1976

Home Town: Portland, OR

What is your disability? Paraplegia

How did you become disabled? Jess was injured in a car accident at age 19, suffering a severed spinal cord at the 6th thoracic vertebra.

List your sports accomplishments?
– Coach of the Denver Rolling Nuggets and Lady Rolling Nuggets
– Coach of Afghanistan men’s and women’s national wheelchair basketball teams
– Has led the development of wheelchair basketball in Afghanistan since 2009, helping to grow the sport from 30 to over 300 male and female players in that time.
– Member of the University of Oregon Track & Field team in 1995/96 before breaking his back.

Favorite Quote: “Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is a challenge, meet it.” – Mother Teresa