My name is Cor'Rales,
I am a college student, an activist against Senseless Gun Violence and striving to be a Physical Therapist and Entrepreneur. I was a regular student who worked two jobs at the YMCA as a wellness coach/trainer and at Hanger Orthotics & Prosthetics as a prosthetic technician before making a huge change in my life by moving to northern Pennsylvania & chasing my dreams on a basketball scholarship.
When I was 16 I almost lost my life at my own house when I was shot multiple times by my mother's ex boyfriend on Thanksgiving night 2012.
I finished my Sophomore year of college in a Physical Therapy Assistant program and completed my first season playing Professional Wheelchair Basketball in the NWBA (National Wheelchair Basketball Association) as the youngest player on the "Richmond Rim Riders" team. After I completed 1 semester learning in the PTA program, my rookie season of basketball I was unexpectedly recruited by division 1 colleges such as Edinboro University, the University of Alabama, University of Illinois, Wisconsin Whitewater University and others to play adaptive sports at the college level. I accepted an athletic scholarship from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania to play wheelchair basketball and I will continue working hard with plans to play on Team USA in the Paralympic games in Tokyo 2020 for track running or wheelchair basketball.
What keeps me going is the support and prayers. My family & younger siblings make me realize that I have to do do my best to make them proud & set a good example to the next generation looking up to us. In acts to help out our society and the next generation I started a movement that has grown into a business that I am striving to make non profit. “Protect My Brother” clothing is a way I involve our community in making a movement that is peaceful and powerful. I make created shirts with the print “Protect My Brother” which means we are all brothers and sisters in this world, no matter our backgrounds or race. I think if we look at other people in this way it our mindset would turn into positive vibes and love for each other over violence. My goal is to stop or reduce Senseless Gun violence and Domestic Violence so that people, especially youth don't have to experience similar violence related tragedies that my family and I survived.
- Cor’Rales Dupree