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The Unstoppable Spirit of Paralympian Scout Bassett


Runner Scout Bassett’s story of overcoming the odds.

When it comes to dealing with adversity, Scout Bassett has had more than her fair share. Born in Nanjing, China, she was abandoned after losing her leg in a fire when she was around 18 months old. At age 7, she was adopted by a family in the United States and had to adjust to a new language and new culture. From a young age, Bassett was passionate about sports and eventually learned to run using a prosthetic running leg. Bassett tells her story to host Ibtihaj Muhammad about how she made it to the Paralympic Games and in the process became an icon for perseverance and determination.

About The Long Game:  On The Long Game, we highlight stories of courage and conviction on and off the field. From athletes who are breaking barriers for women and girls to a Syrian refugee swimmer who overcame the odds to compete at the Paralympics, The Long Game examines the power of sport to change the world for the better. The Long Game is hosted by Olympic medalist and change agent Ibtihaj Muhammad as she guides the series around the globe to meet athletes who are fighting for change.  See All Episodes

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