Off To College: Piedmont's Colin Cutter earns scholarship to Missouri

Cutter's dream came true earlier this year when he signed with Missouri to play wheelchair basketball.
By Robert Przybylo, Staff Writer, bprzybylo@opubco.com Modified: July 24, 2010 at 8:22 pm •  Published: July 24, 2010
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— There has been a lot of adversity in Colin Cutter's life. It started at birth, and it's seemingly never stopped.

He's played several sports. Some he's enjoyed, some he gave up on. But there has been one constant: basketball. And he wasn't about to let anything get in the way of his dream.

Some people spend their whole lives searching for their calling. Not Cutter. The Piedmont graduate knew he wanted to be a basketball star when he was 5 years old.

And after all he battled to get to that point, there wasn't any stopping him. Cutter's dream came true earlier this year when he signed with Missouri to play wheelchair basketball.

It was a culmination of 18 years of hard work that didn't look like would occur at all.

Cutter was born with spina bifida, a condition where there is an opening in the spine that does not protect the spinal cord and is susceptible to infection and severe nerve damage.

Without the proper facilities in Zimbabwe, where the family was because of father Jimmy's mission trip, the family flew back to Oklahoma.

"The doctors (in Zimbabwe) didn't know what it was, but my parents wouldn't take no for an answer," Cutter said.

When the family returned to the U.S., the doctors recognized what they needed to do and fused his spine, but it caused damage to his legs and left him unable to walk.

Cutter admits the first few years of his life were difficult. But after moving to Moore when he was 3 and then to Piedmont when he was 10, his life was much like anybody else's at that age.

Cutter said he's learned how to open himself up to people. He didn't want to be pitied, and his outgoing personality made him fit right in.

"He's one of the best kids I've ever taught," Piedmont softball coach Rick Scott said. "His heart and his willingness — it's unbelievable. He just has that attitude that nothing is wrong with him."

Cutter has always been a sports nut, saying he has been willing to try every sport at least once. But when he was 4, he tried basketball and track and field for the first time.

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