Every step of the way in life, there have people that said I can’t do things- said that I couldn’t ride a bicycle. There have been people who said I couldn’t live on my own or couldn’t get a good job and support myself, or that I couldn’t go to college and graduate… I don’t listen to people too much when they tell me I can’t do something. There’s not a whole lot that’s going to stand in my way.
Richie Parker: Overcoming Mobility Challenges
Richie Parker views himself as a normal, everyday guy. However, to many, Parker is a modern-day success story. Parker was born without any arms, but he never let it hold him back from doing all of the same things that other people did. Rather than become downtrodden over the mobility challenges that he faced, Parker and his family came up with creative, innovative solutions to help him perform ordinary tasks.
After high school, Parker attended and graduated from Clemson University with a degree in mechanical engineering and was accepted into a 10-month internship program at Hendrick Motorsports in Charlotte, NC.
Nearly 9 years later, Parker is still at Hendrick Motorsports. He currently works as a Vehicle Engineer, where he designs chassis and body components for all of the Hendrick race teams….with his feet.
Check out the inspiring story of this driven young man.