Scott Anderson forged a path for many, and will be remembered as an amazing role model

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After an accidental shooting when he was 15-years-old, Scott Anderson became a parapalegic.

But he found a way to play more sports than most people ever do.

He adopted a great attitude. “I’m not going to feel sorry for myself. Let’s find out what I can do to,” he said in a video created by Make a Hero.

He sure did a lot. From basketball, softball, archery, curling, skiing, tennis, and sailing, he was very active.

“He loved being on a team,” remembers his friend, Shawn Corbin. Scott was his basketball coach, and the two became lifelong friends.

Scott made sure that others had the same opportunities, by helping develop adaptive sports.

“Scottie lead by example. He would show up. As we look back at how things evolved over the past 30 years, it’s not so much about the sport, but about the opportunity and the choice. He was one of the pioneers who helped start what is now known today as Courage Kenny Northland,” shared Eric Larson, the supervisor of sports and recreation for Courage Kenny.

Scott also worked hard on advocating for the Americans with Disabilities Act, even getting invited to the White House for his efforts.

All of these accomplishments, surfacing again, after his death on February 21st. He was 64.

“His life was so amazing. We just need to be celebrating it,” added Corbin.

Services for Scott are coming up on Saturday from 11am-3pm at the Shriner’s Meeting and Event Center, 5152 Miller Trunk Hwy in Hermantown.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be provided to the Scott R. Anderson “Sailing for All” Memorial Fund at the Duluth Superior Sailing Association. PO Box 3094, Duluth, MN 55803.

You can also make a donation through the DSSA PayPal account at