CARMEL, Ind. (WISH) - Jimmy Kennedy is a senior at Carmel high school, and like so many kids his age, he loves sports, but he's leaned on a vocal gift to stay close to athletics. He's been a public speaker since the age of 5.
"Just being able to tell my story of inspiration, being able to overcome unfortunate circumstances, and use this as a strength other than a weakness, "said the broadcast student.
Kennedy has cerebral palsy, a brain disorder that affects the nervous system, body movement and balance preventing him from competing.
"I know that I'm not going to be a track runner in the Olympics, I know that I'm not going to be swimming in the Olympics, but that's okay, I'm able to do other things that show my skill set and show my attitude for wanting to pursue my dreams."
And his high school TV program is helping along those lines. He's been able to take part in a 24-7 community station, and call state titles in both football and basketball for Carmel. His instructor says his physical limitations have never been a draw back, he's always well-prepared and is ready to take on any challenge.
"Everything else he's done, he's been committed to do one hundred percent,”said Erin Earnest. “That's just his personality, and I don't know, maybe it is the CP that kind of pushed him to do that, but he is determined at every turn."
There doesn't seem to be anything to slow Jimmy down in the business of television. He’s already enrolled at the University of Indianapolis where he’ll call games for the Greyhounds, and his dream job probably won't come as a real surprise to you.
"Monday night football is pretty much the dream for most broadcasters, but I've always said if you love your job, you'll never work a day in your life."
Wise beyond his years.
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