James Vollmer has a positive attitude, even after a pole vaulting accident at a high school track meet left him paralyzed, reports the Rapid City Journal.
On Dec. 1, 2010, Vollmer was practicing pole vaulting in Jamestown, ND when the accident happened. Vollmer doesn't remember exactly what happened and what caused things to go wrong, but he ended up falling 15 feet that severely injured his spinal cord.
Prior to the accident, Vollmer was a high school standout in the pole vaulting arena and had great potential for a college pole vaulting career.
Today, Vollmer said he can't change the outcome of the event, but he has began doing things he loved again. One of those things is pole vaulting. He helps coach and assist pole vaulting and track at Rapid City Central High School.
He currently attends the University Center in Rapid City and hopes to become a school counselor and coach when he graduates.