Husky, Coach, Paralympian — and now Author
Emt curling in Norfolk, Connecticut, in 2016.
Fresh off a cameo appearance in the Michael Jordan doc, “The Last Dance,” former UConn basketball player and Team USA Paralympic curler Steve Emt is on a virtual book tour for “You D.E.C.I.D.E.” The inspirational speaker says his debut book gives readers an inside look at his secret recipe for turning adversity into opportunity. Emt was forced to do just that when, after earning a walk-on spot from legendary coach Jim Calhoun and playing alongside future NBAers Ray Allen, Donyell Marshall, Kevin Ollie, and Scott Burrell, Emt flipped his truck late one night on I-84 and severed his spinal cord. Emt tried different sports after his accident, even handcycling the New York City Marathon in 2010, and coached high school basketball for 20 years. But, he says, it was the discovery of wheelchair curling in 2014 that changed everything about his life — again.
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