March 27, 2014 : Imagine Your Possibilities: No Limits Athletics Co-Founder Cody Sarensen
- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager
Lancaster – The March “Imagine Your Possibilities” profile is about an Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington graduate who just walked across the stage at Honors Convocation approximately one year ago. But, he’s already doing amazing things in our community. He’s being honored with the McGhee Family Inspiration Award at Fairfield County Developmental Disabilities’ Celebration of Possibilities banquet.
While still in college at OUL, Cody Sarensen founded the No Limits Basketball Camp, a three-day instructional skills camp for kids with and without disabilities. The camp is held during the summer on the Lancaster Campus and gives about 60 participants an opportunity to learn new basketball skills while learning about each other. The camp also has a component for athletes in wheelchairs. This past year, Sarensen started No Limits Athletics, combining with a tennis clinic with hopes of expanding to other sports.
Sarensen is one of eight award recipients. The banquet is being held at Bloom Carroll Middle School on March 27 at 6 p.m.
“I feel humbled and honored,” said Sarensen. “I feel appreciative in knowing I have been recognized with this award. I am more grateful just to have the opportunity to work alongside those who just enjoy life and the love of sports.”
Sarensen is no stranger to receiving awards for his work with No Limits. In March 2012, Sarensen was given an Ohio Public Images Award of Merit for his work promoting awareness of those with developmental disabilities. Ohio Public Images is a consortium of public relations professionals representing the developmental disabilities community in Ohio. In February of that same year, Sarensen was named the Youth Hero at the Fairfield County American Red Cross Heroes Breakfast.
“I hope that other OUL students are able to learn the value of giving everyone, regardless of ability, the same opportunities in life,” said Sarensen. “Through my educational career at OUL, I was so thankful I was able to engage and participate in activities around campus and in the community, which allowed me to grow personally and educationally.”
Sarensen is currently finishing his master’s degree at Muskingum University in Special Education. He is also working at a local elementary school, teaching Special Education. Sarensen believes there is a bright future for No Limits Athletics.
“I hope that we are able to add more sports, and I believe we will,” said Sarensen. “We’re just taking this year by year and enjoying what we have going on now with our current expansion.”