The man rolled on his back, did a practiced maneuver to gain momentum, and — amidst cheers from the bleachers – threw. As he sat up to savor the special moment, the ball met the catcher’s mitt with a soft thud.
For Blue Demon Sean Stephenson (LAS ’2001), throwing the perfect first pitch during the Chicago White Sox v. Toronto Blue Jays baseball game at U.S. Cellular Field, April 25, was another dream-come-true.
The 3-foot-tall, wheelchair-bound DePaul alumnus has achieved great success against odds that would have stopped any lesser human being dead in their tracks – literally. Expected to die at birth, Stephenson was born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (Brittle Bone Disorder), a rare bone condition that caused him to suffer more than 200 fractures by age 18.
Despite the physical challenges he faces, the high-achieving Stephenson is a board certified clinical psychotherapist, a motivational speaker and author. His latest book is “Get Off Your ‘But’: How to End Self-Sabotage and Stand Up for Yourself.”
Stephenson has worked on Capitol Hill and served as a direct liaison to President Bill Clinton in the White House. A video clip of him throwing the first pitch is on You Tube: