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Becca Murray from Brown Deer wins ESPY Award

07/13/21 09:23:am

Img_0025.jpgCongratulations to our very own Becca Murray on her win at the 2021 ESPYS!

Becca, a clinic assistant at Brown Deer, was named Best Athlete With A Disability in the Women’s Sports category. The celebration of the year’s greatest achievements in sports – as voted on by fans – aired July 10 on ABC.

“I am just so humbled and honored to have won this award,” Becca says. “I am so appreciative of Rogers for all the support it has given me, not only for helping me spread the word about this award but my basketball career in general.”  

Becca1.jpgBecca started playing the sport about 25 years ago when she was 6 years old. She played in the junior division, which is part of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association. She helped to establish a women’s wheelchair basketball team at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and made her first U.S. Paralympic team at age 17.

Becca went on to compete in three Paralympics. Team USA won gold in 2008 and 2016 and placed fourth in 2012. She retired in 2016 before she was asked to return in 2019. She competed on Team USA in Peru and won silver, qualifying for the 2020 Paralympics. After the games were postponed due to COVID-19, however, she decided to retire once again.

Since joining Rogers in 2015, Becca occasionally brings in her gold medals and speaks to some of the child and adolescent programs.

“I love sharing my story of overcoming adversity with them,” Becca says. “Also, I have amazing coworkers who have been really into my basketball career and even would watch my games when I was competing in the 2016 Paralympics. They told me when I came back that they had my games on in their office or that they watched a game with the kiddos in the program.”

Everyone at the clinic is very proud of her, according to Amy Kuechler, PsyD, a psychologist at Brown Deer,

"Becca is so deserving of this award," she says. "It's super special and humbling to be working beside an Olympian and now an ESPY Award winner."  

Derrick Jordan, vice president of operations, Brown Deer, added: “I continue to be inspired at the strength and resiliency Becca has demonstrated in overcoming adversity. Her consistency and dedication for fitness and wellness spills over into her commitment to her professional work. We are proud of her recent accomplishments and look forward to her continued inspirations for our patients and Brown Deer clinic team alike.”

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