Ever since Blake Leeper was a child, he’s been determined to be a star athlete. Growing up playing basketball and baseball, Leeper competed on his high school’s varsity basketball team.

Leeper is a bilateral below-the-knee amputee and has been using prosthetics since the age of nine. He recently obtained a grant from Challenged Athletes Foundation to receive a pair of running prosthetics. Since receiving his running legs, Leeper has been unstoppable. He’s competed at several events, including Endeavor Games and the U.S. Paralympics Track & Field National Championships. Leeper has chosen track & field as his sport of choice because he loves to run and enjoys competing in a sport that is extremely intense and competitive.

Being a member of Team USA is an honor to Leeper. He said, “It gives me a sense of importance, and a chance to compete and to be a competitor.” Leeper is also currently training to qualify to compete at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. He has been training daily as well as competing in as many competitions as he possibly can.