If you want to see what the human spirit is capable of, look no further than Zion Clark. Most of us wouldn’t be able to walk a mile in his shoes, even if he had them. Zion was born without legs due to Caudal Regression Syndrome. He was tossed into the foster care system from a young age. Zion bounced from home to home, and even that couldn’t stop him from achieving his goals. Mr. Clark is always going above and beyond what people would say is humanly possible. It was in 2015 that Zion was adopted by Kimberli Hawkins. She was a mother of two who had an instant bond with Zion after she met him. The Hawkins household provided love and stability for Zion as he worked to do amazing things with his life.
Early Life: Zion Clark
Zion picked up wrestling at the age of two and spent most of his free time wrestling for fun. While in grade two, he was encouraged by his Art teacher who was also a wrestling coach to pick up the sport full time. Zion took the advice of his teacher and started wrestling until high school. Mr. Clark attended Massillon Washington High School in northeast Ohio. He quickly signed up for the school’s wrestling team and made the roster. Zion would go on to lose all his games in his junior year. But his determination wouldn’t allow him to stay down on the mat for long. He trained harder, getting up daily to build his skill set, and strength. Clark would eventually make it to the semi-finals in the championships his senior year.
He would finish the season 33-15 and one match short of qualifying for the D-I Ohio High School State Wrestling Championships. Zion wrestled his opponent who was 20 pounds heavier beyond the 6 minutes of regulation, and into 2 overtimes. He would lose 1-0 but his fight is one for the record books. One the crowd would never forget and one that defined the heart of a Lion named Zion Clark.
His hard work and “No Excuses” attitude saw him recruited by multiple colleges which found him choosing Kent State University. Zion would wrestle for the school team and pursue his Business Management Degree.