OVERCOMING ADVERSITY

Helen Keller, deaf, blind and speechless, became a symbol of courage and achievement. She made a significant contribution to the people of this country and the world.

And don't forget Anne Sullivan, the patient, persistent, loving teacher who brought Helen's world to her.

Winston Churchill overcame a severe speech impediment to become one of the most convincing voices in Parliament and in world history.

A black high school athlete played football with his school's first team. He was a powerful tackler. His teammates got more encouragement from him than they were able to give him. He did what he could ... and he did it with only one leg.

Jan Smothers, a 21-year old student at Freed-Hardeman College in 1974-1975, was named the Co-op Student of the Year. She was born without arms. She drove her car, dressed and fed herself, and took notes in class ... with her feet. She did what she could.