Position: Paralympian and Para-Sport Consultant
Karin broke her back in a gymnastics vaulting accident. She is a 2-time Paralympian and a 10-time member of the USA World Team. She was the first person with a disability to receive a Division 1 athletic scholarship to Georgia State University to play intercollegiate wheelchair tennis and has gone on to assist various universities in creating their own wheelchair tennis and adapted sport programs.
She was inducted into the Georgia Tennis Hall of Fame as its only person with a disability and has received significant awards over the past few years. In 2018 she was awarded the prestigious “Athletes in Excellence Award” by the Foundation for Global Sports Development and in 2019, she received the “UNIQLO Spirit Award” given to a person who embodies the principles and core values of UNIQLO, a person who seeks to change the world around them by challenging themselves and striving for the highest standards, pursuing their goals with an innovative spirit and a shared desire to see wheelchair tennis continually move forward to ever greater heights.
She was recently appointed to the United States Congressional Commission on the State of U.S. Olympics and Paralympics by Congressman Frank J. Pallone, Jr. She currently holds committee and board positions on the Alabama State Rehabilitation Advisory Council, the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program’s Protection and Advocacy of Persons with Developmental Disabilities, the International Tennis Federation Player’s Council, the Alabama FBI Citizen’s Academy and the Sport Integrity Global Alliance’s Committee on Gender, Race, Inclusion and Diversity. (GRID) Her career in advocacy, policy, diversity, access, and inclusion has spanned over three decades.
Her work serves to promote equity, justice, diversity, inclusion, and multiculturalism through a variety of platforms including cultural events, workshops, trainings and facilitated community conversations about diversity and disability identity. She is an expert facilitator and assists corporate stakeholders in creating accountability for the implementation of their diversity and inclusivity strategic plans, baseline measures of capacity, and areas for improvement to support equity focused leadership.