If growing up in the rough neighborhood on the North side of Memphis, Tennessee in a single parent household was not enough to test the character of Mario Reed, top that with him suffering a tragic accident that left him with paralysis at the age of fifteen. One will be undoubtedly inspired by his ability to push forward.
September 12, 1997, during a football game at Millington High School, Mario Reed was injured. In a split second, he began a journey of proving to himself and all those that cross his path that a life with paralysis is not a death sentence yet an opportunity to have more reason to live and impact the lives of others.
The View within Mario Reed documentary commemorates the 20 year anniversary of Mario’s injury and chronicles the events leading up to and after his accident beginning with his early childhood. It is a captivating journey that will leave everyone with a sense of faith, resilience, strength, and persistence about life. From interviews with family, former team members, mentors and more, The View within Mario Reed will bring depth to his motto: ``Once a job has begun, never leave it 'til its done. Be the labor great or small. Do it well or not at all.``
The mission of the MARIO REED FOUNDATION is to engage inner city youth to take active roles in fostering positive futures through the exposure of academic, social, interpersonal, cultural awareness, and advocate for people with Paralysis.
Having grown up in the North Memphis area, in perceived less than desirable conditions, the MARIO REED FOUNDATION founder, Mario Reed, understands the importance of inner city youth receiving nurturing exposure to increase the chances of more positive futures. Throughout his childhood, Mario encountered opportunities that encouraged his focus in the areas of academics and social aptitude. He quickly became equipped with mentors that helped direct him along his journey. With his eye on becoming a professional football player, an injury during one of his high school games changed his immediate dreams, but the fact that he had been mentored and exposed to a variety of important life skills, Mario did not allow his life changing situation change the positive outcome he would still live to fulfill.
Early on Mario learned his strengths on and off the football field. He gained the understanding that his choices clearly defined his path in life. Since his paralyzing accident, Mario has continued living life out loud by becoming a businessman and motivational speaker. Mario’s life mission transitioned from pro football player to youth game changer; thus, the development of the non-profit organization, MARIO REED FOUNDATION.
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