Category: Sports

Mr. No Excuses

Written by Ben Ducklo

How can a man use his disability to inspire others to be a better version of themselves in a world filled with so many obstacles?

Lyndon Stamper demonstrates a part of his workout routine. (Photo by Ben Ducklo)

Lyndon “Linny” Stamper, a Chattanooga local, has cerebral palsy but that does not stop him from working out every day. Stamper has become a local celebrity at the YMCA for his dedication to fitness. Nearly every member that he comes across greets him warmly as he makes his way to the gym floor. Stamper is a beacon of inspiration for many of the other gym members, as he does not allow anything to get in his way.

Stamper says that he does not feel like he has a disability, “People look at a disability as something that brings them down, but I look at Cerebral Palsy as like God has given me this ability to shine the light on people with disabilities and show what we can do.”

Lyndon Stamper demonstrates a part of his work out routine. (Photo by Ben Ducklo)

Local gym members now know Stamper as “Mr. No Excuses” because he drives 15 minutes everyday to work out despite the obstacles that stand in his way. He says that he stays motivated by seeing how his actions are impacting others. “When I first started working out, people told me that I inspire them, or I motivated them to be here.”

When COVID-19 hit, Stamper had no source of income, so he started his own clothing brand called Grind Over Disability. His brand quickly became popular when the YMCA reopened and the members saw his new merchandise. Since the start of his operation, he has sold between 200 and 300 shirts. “What can I do to inspire other people, so I came up with this brand, Grind Over Disability. Something that people can wear and look themselves in the mirror and see no excuses on the shirt. Hopefully it pushes people a little harder,” Stamper says.

Stamper has no plans to slow down. He wants to expand his merchandise beyond just shirts. His hoodies and stickers will be available later this year. You can buy his merchandise and support his journey through Instagram @Lyndonmrnoexcusesstamper.

An interview between Ben Ducklo and Lyndon Stamper. (Audio by Ben Ducklo)

A.K.A. Kaos

 

Captain of the Chattanooga Roller Girls Kadi Rogers, also known as Quads of Kaos, is confident, competitive, and determined to go further. She’s played many sports in her life, but none have come close to the passion she has for derby. From cross training in the gym to attending every practice, Kaos spends hours every week dedicated to the sport and improving her game. Derby isn’t your everyday kind of sport, but the tight-nit community and safe space it offers to be yourself made it an easy choice for Kaos to stay and learn. With her sparkly blue lipstick and badass attitude, Kaos is ready to rock your world.

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USA Boxing

Written by: Abby Ray

 

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Montreal Hunter (blue) punches Mauricio Quintanilla (red) during their fight at the USA Boxing Eastern Elite Qualifiers in Chattanooga on Monday, October 8, 2018. (Photo by Elian Richter)

During October 7th – 13th Chattanooga hosted the 2018 Eastern Elite Qualifier and Regional Boxing Championships. The event was held at the Chattanooga Convention Center and had the largest turnout in national tournament history according to TeamUSA.org. Chattanooga has hosted the Eastern Elite Qualifiers two consecutive years since 2017.

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Climbing in Chattanooga

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Caleb Timmerman attempts “Rustoleum” (V6) at the Upper Middle Creek boulders on Tuesday, August 28, 2018. (Photo by Elian Richter)

Climbing has been a part of Chattanooga since the 80’s, but Rob Robinson’s discovery of the Tennessee Wall put the city on the radar of climbers around the nation. In the past five years, the climbing scene in Chattanooga has experienced a surge in its popularity.

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Hit Squad: A unique story of brotherhood

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Joseph “2 Fast” Francisco follows through on an uppercut in the fourth round of his lightweight fight against Donte Bryant at Camp Jordan Arena on October 7, 2017. Francisco would go on to win a unanimous decision after six rounds (Photo by Troy Stolt).

The relationship between Roger “The Hitman” Hilley and Joseph “2 Fast” Francisco expands much farther than just any ordinary brotherhood. Their brotherhood feeds off the adrenaline and constant hard work that goes into the sport of boxing.

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