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Simpson ('08) Competing in Paralympics in Rio
Categories: General, Alumni
Posted: 8/31/2016

L to R: Matt Simpson, Hal Simpson, and Jeff Francoeur
Matt Simpson (’08) will be fulfilling his Olympic dreams in September as he competes in the Paralympics in Rio as a member of the United States men's goalball team. He is currently ranked third in the world in the sport.

In addition to being employed by the U.S. Association of Blind Athletes, Simpson is a member of the design committee for the new Olympic Museum in Colorado Springs, Colorado, as well as a board member of the Turnstone Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana, a physical rehabilitation center serving those with physical disabilities. He also facilitates national Paralympic training for military veterans who have lost their vision during deployment.

"It's been a life-long goal to represent the U.S.A. at the Paralympics,” said Simpson. “Looking forward to bringing back a gold medal from Rio!"

Simpson graduated magna cum laude from Whitefield in 2008 and was captain of the wrestling team and academic bowl. He was also an AP Scholar. He received a full academic scholarship as a Johnson Scholar to Washington & Lee University, where he was elected each year to the Student Judicial Council and served as president his senior year. During college, he worked for the Republican National Convention and as a U.S. Congressional aide as well as served as intern in public policy at Verizon.