Paralympian: Track & Field
Not only does Tommy value his hard work and achievements as an athlete, but he also values his role as a mentor and a coach for other young athletes coping with disabilities and sports. He has worked with the young athletes at the Paralympic Sport Tampa Bay Club, which is run by his father, for the past five plus years. Tommy says, "It's a wonderful feeling to watch athletes develop and grow year to year, and I believe my experience as an athlete helps me relate."
Tommy Chasanoff has used sports to identify himself in society. He has a lengthy sports background, and he interned at Florida Southern College for three years then became an assistant sports information director. He graduated Webber International University in 2009 with degrees in sport management and marketing. Tommy works with young athletes at the Paralympic Sport Tampa Bay Club and coached at the National Junior Disability Championships. He has competed in track events around the world including England, New Zealand, Australia, and Mexico. For his future, Chasanoff hopes to continue running and work in college athletics.
Sports as a Subculture
Tommy still competes in track around the world, and puts in the hard work and training he needs to. He plans on running for as long as he can. With this determination, Tommy Chassanoff has become a role model for young athletes with disabilities, because he shows that those disabilities can't stop you from achieving your goals and living a normal life.