A Challenge for Change
Photography by Weston Carls
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Archer Hadley is finding a way to grow stronger with unconventional methods and the support of the Austin fitness community.
The relationship between a trainer and trainee can be many things. For some, it’s a love-hate relationship. For others, a dreaded encounter. But for Archer Hadley and his trainer, Kevin Edwards, it’s a friendship that inspires.
Archer Hadley is a freshman at The University of Texas at Austin, and just like his peers, he’s adjusting to life away from home, making friends, and juggling the workload of a hectic class schedule. For Hadley, though, there’s an added challenge; he maneuvers his way around campus in a wheelchair, the result of a childhood diagnosis of cerebral palsy.
Despite his limited range of motion and movement, Hadley tackles life’s challenges head first.
During his senior year at Austin High School, Hadley had trouble opening manual doors, and was often stuck outside. To make a change, Archer set out on a mission to raise money for three handicap-accessible doors at his school. Surpassing all expectations, Hadley and his classmates raised $87,000—enough money for five door installations.
For a small donation, school members challenged others to spend the day in a wheelchair and experience the challenges Hadley faced. The challenge not only raised awareness but also “put people in awkward situations, and took them out of their comfort zone,” a feeling Hadley says is essential for making a change.
Hadley’s determination led to the challenge’s success, and almost one year later, he brings that drive to Titan Evolution Fitness.
“I don’t believe when people say, ‘I can’t do that [workout]’ because they can.” - Kevin Edwards