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Athlete of the Week: Jordan Kozloski

'Even though you have a disability, that does not stop you from achieving your dreams.'

It's been quite the run for Jordan Kozloski. She’s won a wheelchair basketball championship with the Houston County Sharks 7 straight years. 

“This is what I will never forget. When I look back on my high school career, I will never forget it," Kozloski said.

And she knows what it takes for the Houston County Sharks to be successful. 

“Jordan is a leader, she has a major work ethic. She is one of those kids that when practice is over, it’s not over for her," Houston County Sharks head coach Christy Jones said. 

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She’s never been one to quit. After losing her leg in an accident as a toddler, she later joined the Sharks as a 2nd grader where the team turned her tragedy into a treasure.

“Without these people back here, I wouldn’t have grown into the athletic person that I am today. Like I said, really supportive -- you know, it means a whole lot. I have a special place in my heart for it and I will never ever forget them," Kozloski said. 

11 years with the Sharks has paid off. Not only has the Houston County senior been a part of a dynasty, but she’s also used her wheels to go west, continuing her basketball and  academic career at the University of Arizona. 

“And she just brings a confidence up to the whole team. You know, when she rolls on the court they all look up they know she is going to lead them to a win," Jones said. 

“She started playing with us when she was 9, and she is an 18-year-old woman fixing to go off to play in college, so just watching that maturity develop, those skills develop, it's just been a blessing for me to be a part of that," Jones said.

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And she believes basketball could be her purpose, a way to encourage others to take the biggest shot that matters most. "I never knew what God has in store for me, but I guess this is it," Kozloski said. 

“Leave a 'wheelprint,' is what I like to say,"  Kozloski said.  "And leave an impact on each person, just showing them that even though you have a disability, that does not stop you from achieving your dreams."