UK Athlete Talks About Her Hidden Disability

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Updated: 4/20/2013 12:36 am

A UK athlete talked about her hidden disability with Cassidy Elementary Students today.

Senior Shelby Kennard said it takes a lot of dedication and hard work to be successful at the collegiate level. But it’s been her challenges off the track that have been some of her greatest challenges to overcome.

Kennard was diagnosed with ADD and ADHD when she was a freshman in high school.

“I know there's probably a bad stigmatism to it, but I'm not embarrassed, I'm not ashamed of it,” Kennard said. “If anything it's just motivated me to work harder.”

Kennard currently has a 4.0 grade point average.

She also volunteers in her community. Today, she spoke to hundreds of grade students about overcoming ADD and ADHD.

“Even if you're labeled as something, you can push past that and you can rise above that label that you've been given. You can do anything if you work hard,” She said.

Her pole vault coach, Will Thomas, said Kennard is a hard worker who is constantly giving back to her community.

“Just a phenominal girl. One of the ones that you remember for a coaching career,” Thomas said.

While Kennard said she is proud of how far she’s come, her journey is only beginning.

“I’m still not near who I’m gonna be, but it's just neat to see the struggles that I've gone through and the accomplishments I've made,” Kennard said.

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