Evan Light '19 Receives Star of Stars Courage Award

Evan Light '19 Receives Star of Stars Courage Award

May 21, 2019

Star of Stars Courage Award: After Losing Both Legs, Evan Light Excels as a Kicker —And A Wrestler by Brandon Adam,The Advocate

Whether it’s football, tennis or wrestling, Evan Light has found ways to excel, no matter the circumstances.

Born India, Light was in an accident as a baby and suffered injuries to his legs, which became infected. Doctors had to remove both of his legs, and Light was left alone in a hospital before being sent to a children’s home.

Soon after, he was adopted by Randy and Jennifer Light.

Evan and his family moved to Baton Rouge in August, but he found his love for athletics in Indiana.

“Wrestling was life in Indiana,” said Light, who idolizes Nick Ackerman, a double amputee who won college wrestling’s highest honor, the Dan Hodge Trophy, in 2001. “I started in first grade and did it year-round. National tournaments and everything.”

Light took up wrestling again as a senior at Dunham High School and competed the whole season — including the state meet, where he finished third in Division III 132-pound division. Light was even an All-District kicker on the football at Dunham.

He has earned the inaugural Advocate Star of Stars Courage Award....

Read Brandon Adams' complete Advocate article at bit.ly/EvanLightCourage...

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