On countless occasions over the last 25 years Abigail has watched her family members and friends play competitive sports while she could only sit and cheer them on from the sidelines.
That all changed recently. Abigail moved from being a common spectator to an active sled hockey player. The sport has given her the opportunity to play competitively while her family and friends now come and cheer her on.
Abigail was born with cerebral palsy and has played many adaptive sports throughout her life. This time it feels different to her: “Sled Hockey is the first sport to make me feel like I am truly on a competitive team. When I hit the ice every Sunday for practice, it’s like I don’t have CP.”
“The first time I hit the ice in March 2019 I knew sled hockey was going to be an important part of my life from that day on. Right away STRIDE and the Sled Warriors accepted me for who I am and ever since have encouraged me to see what I can become.”
What Radliff hopes for soon is a medal ceremony on the podium at the Empire State Games, with her teammates celebrating, and her family and friends cheering her on.