When Chris Finn talks about sports for people with disabilities, he often uses the phrase "you are able." He likes it so much, he adopted it as his e-mail moniker.
The San Leandro man, who coaches power wheelchair soccer for Bay Area Outreach Program in Berkeley and who also happens to be the head coach for the USA National Team, is one of those rare magnetic types who inspires people in ways they never imagined.
Take Kendra Scalia-Carrow, 27, for example, who met Finn in 2006. Until then, she was one of those people who "hated sports" and never attempted to play. She had used a wheelchair since she was 14 and thought sports was "like a waste of time almost," something with no intellectual merit where people spent hours doing things she didn't understand.
But with encouragement from Finn and her own motivation, she has flourished as an athlete.
Five years ago sports to her was one of those concepts that had her asking, "what's the point again?" Now she is heading to Paris in the fall with Finn and 11 others for her second World Cup as a player on the USA...