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September 20, 2014

Building a championship team

Richie Parker speaks to employees of the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind Monday morning at AIDB’s annual opening convocation. The theme of the kickoff to the new school year was “Building a Championship Team,” and Parker is an engineer with NASCAR’s most successful team, Hendrick Motorsports, despite being born with no arms. Parker was born with bilateral amelia, a birth defect in which limbs aren’t formed. Hired for a 10-week internship after graduating from Clemson University, Parker quickly showed his value and impressed Hendrick Motorsports so much that they hired him and he has been working for them now for eight years. This is only the second time Parker has accepted an invitation to speak publicly. ESPN aired a documentary on him in 2013.

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