Special Olympian Takes On New Challenge In Kick-Boxing Ring

Franque Thompson

OMAHA (KPTM) - A Nebraska Hall of Fame Special Olympian is taking on a new challenge inside the ring. And he's not letting his disability get in his way.

David Steffan packs a mean punch because he's spent his entire life overcoming adversity.

"I simply believe there's nothing I can't overcome and that is why my future is brighter than the sun," he said with a smile.

But don't let his left hook fool you. Steffan has mild Cerebral Palsy, limiting movement on his left side.

"I've always been told that I couldn't do some things or wasn't able to do any thing. And to me that just fuels the fire," said Steffan.

That fuel led him to his latest challenge--a dance in the ring at the Omaha Ring Wars kickboxing tournament.

"I'm going up against an able bodied person. People are like 'No dude, you can't do that, you're going to get killed.' So that just fueled my fire," he said.

This is Steffan's toughest challenge to date. So he's been training for the past three months, three times a day, to make sure he's ready for the big fight.

"The countdown to the event is what kept me going. I mean, you know, this is a dream that I finally get to achieve and show everybody that I can do this," said Steffan.

He's hoping his hard work will be an inspiration to others.

"People look at a lot of kids with intellectual or physical disabilities as being different. And some people can be like 'oh it's a bad thing.' but different isn't bad, different is greatness,"

He said his greatness isn't measured in the 48 gold medals he's won in the Special Olympics. But rather in his iron will.

"If you truly believe there's something that you want to do, as long as you have a dream and you work hard at it, you can achieve it," said Steffan.

The tournament is Saturday, March 2nd at the Tip Top Ballroom. Proceeds will go to The Nebraska Special Olympics.