Director of Veterans & Adaptive Programs
Steven is from Redmond, Washington (about 20 minutes East of Seattle) where he found adaptive sports through sit-skiing, wheelchair basketball, and wheelchair racing as a way to engage in recreational activities with his family and peers. His athletic career developed as he began competing at the University of Arizona for the men’s wheelchair basketball team and wheelchair track and road racing team. He continues to compete and has earned the honor of representing the U.S. Paralympic Track and Field Team in numerous international competitions including the 2008 Beijing Paralympics.
While at the University of Arizona, Steven received his BA in Business Administration with a focus on Marketing. Following graduation, he moved to Chicago where he worked for a startup internet marketing firm and filled his free time volunteering with the Rehab Institute of Chicago and the Starlight Foundation Midwest. Steven moved to San Jose from Chicago where he returned to academics as he earned his MA in Child and Adolescent Development from San Jose State University.
Steven first became familiar with the Riekes Center shortly after he moved to California. He began competing for the NorCal Quakes Wheelchair Rugby team and received strength and speed training. He is now excited to be able to experience the positive energy and undeniable spirit of the Riekes Center on a daily basis.