Have you ever heard of Sport Stacking?
It's a sport involving agility, speed and concentration.
And for one area man.
it literally changed his life.
for 2-3 hours a day...
19-year-old Jesse Horn of Buffalo City....
practices the sport of Sport Stacking...
:19 I was around 9 years old and I just saw a TV commercail
promoting the official cups called speed stacks :28
this lightning quick display ...
is a master course in hand...
nats of him explaining some of the rules
I want to be the best.
Jesse competed in his first tournament...
and he kept on winning.
:15 I went to Montreal, Canada last year for the World
Championships and I did really well there :20
He's now one of a hundred or so sport stackers
on the official Team USA...
competiting all over the world.
:09 I had a goal of being on Team USA and when I finally
got in, I was pretty excited because I knew I worked
so hard for this goal :18
while he continues to prove himself.
among the best of the best...
The odds in life haven't always been stacked in Jesse's
:35 I was diagnosed at age 3 :37
He doesn't remember much...
but he does know this...
:02 It was just really bad :04
:38 During the first few years of my autism, I was
in that stage, probably never even going to go to
school, I wasn't able to ride a school bus, I'd usually
have tantrums now and then, because I was trying to
communicate and I couldn't :58
Jesse says sport stacking changed all of that....
:38 It actually almost, I wouldn't say a cure for
it, but it actually is a tool for me for my autism
:39 I just look at sport stacking as not just a sport,
it's actually a life-changing experience for me :46
He's now sharing what sport stacking has done for
him with others....
:53 My goal is to be an ambassador for kids with autism
and disabilities, but I don't really usually call
those people with disabilities, I call them people
with abilities because they have the ability to succeed
Knowing what it's like to live life from the inside
Jesse hopes he can help build a brighter future for
other kids with autism...
:24 You're in a dark tunnel and you have a light at
the end, you know and the kid or the child is in that
tunnel and he just keeps running or walking to that
light, but he just can't reach that light, you know
and ofr my tool of sport stacking, my goal is to bring
that child to that light and be free.
and be free to the world he wished for for years.
Jesse says he's finally reached the light and as a
his cup runneth over...
Jesse is a 5 time gold medalist and competed in the
50th A-A-U Junior Olympic games this summer.
He does demonstrations several demonstrations around
the area every years.
including those for children with disabilities..