PHOENIX, NY – Phoenix High School hosted the annual Oswego County Olympiad on Thursday (May 11,) allowing hundreds of exceptional student athletes the chance to participate in friendly track and field competition.
n its third year, 22-year-old Tim Conners of Fulton, who narrowly defeated a life threatening cancer diagnosis as a teenager, kicked off the event with his inspiring opening remarks.
Speaking to the crowd of 460 student athletes, Conners spread a message of perseverance, a lesson he learned while battling for his life and even after as he discovered how to operate daily life in a sightless world.
“As you all know, we have the power in our hands to do whatever we want and we can overcome those barriers and that’s what we are here today to celebrate,” he told the young athletes.
Conners offered CiTi and all nine school districts represented a signed copy of his book, It’s Impossible Until You Do It and capped his opening statement as all 460 students repeated the title aloud.
“I believe we have the power to do anything and if you live by this, you all will have that power as well,” he said, as the group repeated the mantra in unison.
Conners will continue spreading inspiration as he plans to tackle the highest point on the African continent by summitting Mt. Kilimanjaro next month as part of a fundraiser deemed MounTimPossible.