2020 Paralympic Medal Contender

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Raised by 59 people in 25 months
Dear friends and family. This is my story. I hope you will take the time to read it and to consider helping to fund my dream.

On May 28, 2000 I suffered a traumatic birth which caused a femur fracture and complete spinal cord injury at the T-1 level.

My parents were told that I had no sensation or motor function from my armpits down and that I would be in a wheelchair for life. Understandably, their lives were turned upside down and I know that many of the dreams they had for me were shattered. They spent countless days at doctors appointments with me and traveled to Shriner's hospital many times to learn how to take care of me.

I grew up not knowing that I was different until on one of my birthdays at about age 5, I guess I asked my Mom on which birthday would I be able to walk. I didn't know it, but she cried and her heart broke every time I asked those kinds of questions. They eventually learned that they could still have hopes and dreams for my future......just different ones.

Long story short, I have never let my situation stop me from doing what I want. I tried many sports and really struggled because of my high level of injury.

I accidentally found table tennis and was instantly pretty good at it, so my Mom and Dad quickly got me involved in it as much as they could, until I was discovered by competing at NJDC (Junior Nationals) and referred to Jasna Rather and the USA Para Table Tennis program. It has been one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I have competed in many international tournaments earning silver and bronze medals in singles and in teams.


 
I am one of a select few to be on the National Team for 2017 and I have been selected for the US Para Junior National Team for the past 5 years
. I am currently ranked #3 in the world in my class of disability in juniors and 48 in the world in senior rankings. My ultimate dream is to represent the USA in future Paralympics which will require much more international travel and a huge financial commitment.

My Mom has to travel with me because I cannot manage my care on my own yet, so our trips cost double for airline tickets and entry fees. My parents are also
currently funding my training in which they pay for approximately 5 lessons per week. Unfortunately there is so little funding for disabled athletes like me who want to fulfill their dreams. With your support, you can help me get closer to my dream of representing the USA in the Paralympics.

No donation is too small and every little bit can help relieve my family of a huge financial burden.

Regardless of whether or not you can donate, I hope you are inspired to reach your dreams, no matter what obstacles you might face. Thanks so much for reading my story and please share to spread the word.

P.S......I will be posting updates on upcoming tournaments and results!

Sincerely,

Jenson Van Emburgh
USA Paralympic Medal Contender

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Hello valued supporters and friends. I recently came back from Las Vegas and competed in the US Para Open! I was able to win all of my singles matches and achieved a gold medal in the Singles event and silver medal in the Team event with my partner Jesse Cejudo. On the way to the gold medal I defeated the #22, #18, and #9 world ranked players! I also defeated the #22 and #18 world ranked players in the Team event. I am very happy with these results and happy to share them to you all!

I am also very happy that I was able to bounce back from the Slovakian and Slovenian Open in May. I was not 100% mentally and physically especially during the Slovenian Open. I am also happy to announce that I received a wildcard from the ITTF to compete in the World Championships in October of this year! Thanks to the ITTF for giving me this opportunity and will be a very good learning experience. Finally I will be posting some videos and pictures from the US Para Open . Enjoy :)
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Hey everyone! I played in a local tournament today and got first place! Won all 6 of my matches! Really happy with how I played and was good preparation for Europe! Here are some photos!!
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Hi everyone, the US Para Open has come to an end and very happy on how I played the whole tournament. I beat #26 in the world and silver medal in Singles. Also almost took #7 in the world in class 5 to five games and a game off #2 in the world in my class. Lastly, I got to play with my team partner and hope he will come to more tournaments now!
Crazy Rally
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Hey everyone, giving you all an update from the past 3 months....I got bronze medal in singles and silver medal in teams in the Czech Republic. I also just got back from Costa Rica which I played in the Para Pan American Championships and got silver medal in singles and silver medal in teams. I am leaving for the US Para Open tomorrow in Las Vegas. Here are some photos from the Czech Republic and Costa Rica. Enjoy!!
Czech Open
Semi Final in Costa Rica
After winning Semi Final in Costa Rica
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Raised by 59 people in 25 months
Created April 27, 2017
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CM
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Charles Michell
8 months ago
CJ
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Chris Jones
13 months ago
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Sean Maxfield
15 months ago
$50
Anonymous
17 months ago
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EM
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Ed Miller
17 months ago
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Go gettem Jenson!

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Anonymous
18 months ago
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JLowell Rolquin
18 months ago
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Good Luck Jenson

AK
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Alexis Kelly
18 months ago
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Good luck to you in all of your future endeavors and go USA! I am a previous student of Señor Wayman, so I saw his share.

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Patrick Wayman
18 months ago
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Go Jensen! Muy orgulloso de ti. :)

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