We had the pleasure of chatting with Aaron Golub, first legally blind D1 athlete to play in a game when he played football at Tulane University.
What is one thing that inspires you?
The belief that anything is possible.
I strive to teach others that they can do anything they set their mind to and it’s inspiring to watch others succeed. For example, I volunteer as a ski/snowboard instructor for people with different disabilities. It’s amazing being able to help others accomplish an athletic goal when they thought they never could.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
Being named a team captain my senior year at Tulane. The fact that I was able to show my coaches and teammates that my goal was to put the team before myself everyday meant the world to me.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Start now and learn to fail. We are all unsure what we want out of life, and it stops us from acting. The sooner we try and fail the more successful we become.
How did you end up where you are today?
Through hard work, dedication, and tuning out the judgement of others. We all have challenges in our lives, but we also all have a choice to embrace those challenges or let them take over our lives. When you choose to embrace them and focus on what you want to accomplish, you can accomplish anything.
What gives you fulfillment in life?
Being able to help and impact others. My goal in everything I do is to make a different and leave an impact that helps others along the way. There’s been many occasions where I’ve used my story to give back. When it comes to different charitable organizations working with kids or individuals with disabilities I’ve enjoyed donating my time to give one of my speeches.
1000 Spotlights: Why We Give reflects our mission of giving back, to mentor and to inspire those around us. Through a series of interview questions, we explore intrinsic motivations behind why we give, and talk with those inclined to make a difference in the lives of others. If you are involved in charitable activities, volunteer and paid academic engagements or in community service, we want to talk to you. Write to us to nominate yourself or someone else who fits the bill.