Disability Heroes – Eric Bennett

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Paralympian Archer Eric Bennett

Eric Bennett

Eric started learning to shoot a bow at age 7 using his dad's broken arrows that were trimmed to his length.

At age 15, Eric was in a roll-over accident with his dad, which resulted in the above-the-elbow amputation of his right arm.

After a 10-year hiatus from archery, Eric's father "surprised" him by entering him into a bow hunting competition.

Eric and his dad spent lots of hours practicing in their garage, eventually settling on pulling the bow string with his mouth and using his left arm to aim his shot.

Eric now teaches high school physics and coaches boys tennis in Glendale, AZ.

In addition to travelling and competing internationally, Eric has earned numerous medals and holds a world record (2015) and has competed in 2008, 2012, and 2016 Paralympic Games.

White Mountain Campus' Josh Readel was one of Eric's high school students.

For more information about Disability Awareness Month or free services available to students, contact NPC's Disability Resource Office, (800) 266-7845, ext. 6178.

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