Any good jockey knows horse racing isn't just about speed. Often, the race goes to the rider who shows the most patience.
John Morris isn't a jockey – he's well over six feet tall – but every day of his life is now an exercise in taking things slow. The 24-year-old was paralyzed last year in a fall from the balcony of an apartment in Berkeley, Ca. His father, Joe Morris, is former general manager of Golden Gate Fields racetrack and currently serves as president of the Thoroughbred Owners of California.
We first met John shortly after his accident, as the racing community rallied to the aid of the Morris family, putting on a golf tournament that raised $100,000 towards their medical bills. It was very trying time, but it was clear John wasn't going to let his limitations become limits to what he could do.
With the 2nd annual John Morris Golf Classic set for Monday, I paid another visit to John to learn about his new life. As you'll see in this video, despite being unable to walk, it's a patient life filled with hockey and skiing, work and giving, and gratefulness and joy.
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