A young runner with cerebral palsy has made the headlines this week after he was presented with a contract from global sports retailer Nike.
The video, which has been shared thousands of times across the internet, shows college runner Justin Gallegos approaching a crowd of friends and teammates before being told he has become an official Nike athlete.
The runner, who has been called an inspiration for others with cerebral palsy, is the first athlete with a congenital disorder to be sponsored by the company.
Mr Gallegos was born with the condition, but it has not stopped him from following his dreams. He is a member of the track club at the University of Oregon and has competed in several competitive events. His goal is to break the two-hour barrier in the half marathon.
In a post on Instagram, the young runner describes his story and how he got to where he is today.
“Today on world Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day, I reached a milestone in my running journey! Today I made Nike history and became the very first athlete with Cerebral Palsy to sign a contract with Nike!” he said.
“You don’t realise how realistic and emotional your dreams are until they play out before your very eyes! Signing this contract was a huge success for me and I would not have made it without my friends and family and teammates! This was perhaps the most emotional moment in my seven years of running!”
It is estimated that around one in 400 individuals in the UK are born with some form of cerebral palsy. The symptoms can include stiffness or weakness in the muscles, difficulty creating muscle tone, involuntary spasms, and problems with balance and coordination.
You can watch Justin receive his sponsorship here.