McKenna Woodhead

York, SC

Clemson University

B.S. Marketing – Spring 2025

McKenna was an active teenager who excelled in soccer but also enjoyed recreational sports. In June of 2018 she was in a jet ski accident and broke her neck leaving her paralyzed from the chest down. This lifechanging injury left her using a wheelchair for mobility but also brought new opportunities. She learned to water ski, snow ski, play wheelchair rugby and to play tennis. She was so motivated by those who helped her get back to herself after her injury that she wanted to inspire others. Adaptive sports and motivational speaking help her greatly with both her physical and mental strength. McKenna volunteers with the Trauma Survivors Network at Atrium Health Hospital. She loves being able to connect with people who are dealing with recent spinal cord injuries. McKenna understands that they are likely going through the toughest time in their lives and enjoys being able to motivate and serve as a positive example for them to emulate.

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