Amy Bockerstette, a golfer for Paradise Valley Community College, is set to make history as the first collegiate athlete with Down syndrome to compete for a national title. People with Down syndrome are often role models for a better world and regularly accomplish great things, but this particular victory is historic.
Bockerstette and the PVCC women’s golf team will be competing in the NJCAA national championships in mid-May. She shared the AP story about her monumental breakthrough, adding the hashtag “#InclusionRevolution.”
— Amy Bockerstette (@AmyGolfsNDances) May 3, 2021
Bockerstette is already a champion, no matter how she finishes at the actual tournament. She even has already made history by becoming the first person with Down syndrome to earn a collegiate athletic scholarship. She has already captured the hearts of some sports fans after going viral for her play at TPC Scottsdale in 2019 when paired with PGA player Gary Woodland on the 16th hole.
She put her shot into the bunker but had an absolute gem of a chip out of the sand and was facing an eight-foot putt for par. In a moment right out of an inspiring sports movie, she said, “I got this,” before backing it up and sinking the putt, drawing huge roars from the crowd.
“Amy … you’re our hero.”
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) January 30, 2019
After that event, Amy and her family created the “I Got This” Foundation to provide golf instruction and playing opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
A true star in every way, and Amy’s day at the nationals will be a powerful sports moment.
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