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The Story of Dan McCoy

“I was 4 years old the first time I got on a sled, and I hated it,” McCoy recalls. “My pusher had bent down
to tie her skates or left to help someone else, and I just started crying because I wasn’t moving.”

McCoy, who has spina bifida, soon learned to love the sport. He and his family first learned about sled hockey from a family friend who was involved with the sport. To support their son, McCoy’s parents played an instrumental role in starting Pittsburgh’s Mighty Penguins sled hockey program.

“When I was 8 years old, I told my parents I wanted to win an Olympic gold medal,” he says. “All credit to my parents, they were fully supportive. My mom was the first executive director, and my dad was the first assistant coach of the organization that is now the Mighty Penguins.”

“People really relate to someone in their own situation,” McCoy says. “As soon as I tell them I have spina bifida, the barrier goes down. They feel more respected and like they’re talking to someone who really understands what they’re going through.”

I became a personal trainer so I could help people with disabilities see what they can do and not worry about what they can’t do.

McCoy is still active as a member of the Mighty Pens senior team, also serving as an assistant coach, captain and director of player development. He’s also building a business as a personal trainer, training people who have disabilities as well as those who don’t. He currently offers training in-person and online.

“I became a personal trainer so I could help people with disabilities see what they can do and, as best they can, not worry about what they can’t do,” he says. “People with disabilities have so much resolve to achieve what they want to achieve.”

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