PHILADELPHIA, Penn., June 25. SWIMMER Travis Mohr, 22, a recent Drexel University civil engineering graduate, has been nominated for the 2004 ESPY Award as the Best Athlete with a Disability according to Drexel media contact, Janice Powers. The ESPY Awards, sponsored by the ESPN Network, recognizes athletes for excellence in sport performance.
Mohr holds the world record in the 100-meter breaststroke and won a Gold and Bronze medal at the 2000 Sydney Paralympic Games. He will compete in the 2004 Paralympics in Athens this September.
This year, the fans will select the winners for each category by logging onto ESPN.com to cast their ballot. Friends, family and fans can vote for Travis Mohr, at the “Best Athlete with a Disability” category. Fans can vote only once for their favorite athlete through July 9, 2004. ESPN will televise this year's awards on Sunday, July 18 at 9 p.m. ET.
The 4 ft. 3 in. tall Mohr, a native of Northampton, Pa., has been nominated for the ESPY Award in this category along with Cheri Baluwet (track & field), Kyle Maynard (wrestling), and Ron Williams (cycling). Mohr is one of the few people in the world born with no femur bones in his legs
When he’s not training or competing, Mohr is dedicated to academic achievement and social responsibility. He was the only student in 2004 graduating class selected to receive the distinguished Drexel University President’s Medal for his leadership and community commitment. Mohr joins a prominent group of Drexel President’s Medal recipients, including President Bill Clinton, Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, President of China Jiang Zemin, Nobel Laureate Oscar Arias and inventor Dean Kamen.
Drexel is ranked among the best national doctoral universities by U.S. News & World Report. The University enrolls 11,700 undergraduates and 4,400 graduate, medical and professional students from 49 states, the District of Columbia, 118 foreign countries and six continents and has 90,000 alumni worldwide. Drexel can be found on the World Wide Web at www.drexel.edu.