In Jacob Allie’s ear­ly years grow­ing up, he explored var­i­ous sports, like soc­cer, bas­ket­ball, base­ball and even swimming.

I showed weak­ness in all of these sports, which led me to find out I have a dis­abil­i­ty,” says Jacob.

Jacob learned he had Char­cot-Marie-Tooth dis­ease, a neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­or­der that affects the periph­er­al nerves. Peo­ple with this dis­ease expe­ri­ence weak­ness and atro­phy of the mus­cles in the low­er legs. Learn­ing of his dis­abil­i­ty, Jacob grav­i­tat­ed towards his now favorite sport, wheel­chair bas­ket­ball! He’s been play­ing wheel­chair bas­ket­ball since 2013. Most recent­ly, as Cap­tain of the Motor City Wheelz, Jacob led the team to a sec­ond place vic­to­ry in the Nation­al tournament!

Jacob recent­ly grad­u­at­ed from Per­ry High School where he was an Hon­or Roll stu­dent and earned a 3.6 GPA. He’s par­tic­i­pat­ed in the school’s march­ing band for sev­en years as a per­cus­sion­ist and was the sec­tion leader for the pit per­cus­sion. He attend­ed MDA camp for five years. Dur­ing those years he fundraised for MDA and the MDA telethon.

This fall, Jacob plans to play for the adult wheel­chair bas­ket­ball team, The Detroit Diehards. He’ll do so while attend­ing Lans­ing Com­mu­ni­ty Col­lege to earn his basic course cred­its, which he will trans­fer to Edin­boro Col­lege in Penn­syl­va­nia to play for their col­lege wheel­chair bas­ket­ball team. Present­ly, Jacob is think­ing of going into the social ser­vices field.

Help­ing peo­ple with needs inter­ests me, whether it’s from a teacher to a para­pro­fes­sion­al,” states Jacob.

I showed weak­ness in all of these sports, which led me to find out I have a dis­abil­i­ty,” says Jacob.