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Matt Simpson '12 Represents the U.S. at the 2016 Paralympics

— by on September 9th, 2016

Matt Simpson, a 2012 graduate of Washington and Lee University, posted a photo of himself and the U.S. men’s goalball team decked out in their Team U.S.A. uniforms just before the opening ceremonies of the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which runs Sept. 7 – 18.

After it was over he tweeted, “Awesome experience, now we can focus on the goal. Thanks for all the love and support from home, glad everybody could share that with us!”

Matt, who is visually impaired, has been working toward his dream of competing for the U.S. since he was 10. This competition is especially sweet for him, because the team missed qualifying for the 2012 London Paralympics.

For more background on Matt, check out this in-depth feature we posted on the W&L website. Click on the following links to read about his team’s victory at the 2009 World Championships and the thrilling silver medal win at the 2013 Pan American Games.

You can track the goalball results online and follow Matt on Twitter. Good luck, Matt!