Shelle Knows: Meet Richie Parker


Richie Parker

Listen! For the past week I have filled my head with excuses of why I can not do this or reasons why I have not did that. But after watching the video below, I should have no reasons to be making up excuses.
Meet Richie Parker, who is a star engineer at Hendrick Motorsports. He was born with no arms but that disability did not hinder him from living the life he wanted to live.  Growing up he adapted to the normal life by riding a bike like a normal child and doing things for himself around the house. Everything that he does is engineered to accommodate himself so he would not need to ask for help.  When he became a teenager Parker wanted to drive and despite of what others around him told him he engineered a way so he could drive his dream car.
Since engineering was a passion of Parker’s, he applied for a 10 month internship at Hendrick Motorsports.

“Based on his resume, I knew he could do the things that I needed him to do, it was more a question of how,” Rex Stump, engineering manager at Hendrick, said of Parker.


Parker at Hendrick Motorsports

Well 8 years and 5 championships later Parker is still with the company, over coming every obstacle he was told that he could not do.

“I don’t know there’s a lot in life … that I’d say I can’t do. Just things I haven’t done yet.”
So, the next time you need a little motivation and inspiration, think of Richie Parker, the no arm man who is living his dream despite his disability.


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