Drake Carlson – Wisconsin Nomination & Photography by Temel Yasar from Soft Light Photography Issue 60 of Inspiring Teen Magazine
Nomination: Drake Carlson was born with Spina Bifida. He is the first wheelchair athlete at Marathon School in Wisconsin. He inspires all athletes and the community. Drake is also active with Boy Scouts and is currently working on his Eagle. In Boy Scouts Drake has done community service through multiple projects and events. Drake donates his time to Empowered Dream Hunts. Empowered Dream Hunts is a nonprofit organization that helps disabled Veterans and youth enjoy the outdoors. Drake plans to further his education in welding or auto mechanic.
What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? I was a guest speaker at a Technical College to teach adult students about disabilities for four years. I shared my experiences with medical issues, school and personal life. Through Empowered Dream Hunts I have had the opportunity to be on a public radio talk show to share my experiences and promote helping veterans. I assisted in the process of nominating two other youths with disabilities. Both youths have been awarded a dream hunt. I donated my time at a local town Chamber of Commerce golf outing to raise money for a benefit.
What would you most like to talk about in your interview? The opportunities that I’m able to help with Empowered Dream Hunt. It is such a great origination and really has made an impact on myself and others.
If you were to present a topic to a group of your peers, what would it be and why? I feel that I would talk a lot about being outside and getting to do exciting things like hunt and fish. I was able to experience fun activities through Scouting such as camping, team building and life skills.
Look for Drake in issue 60 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!