CONNECT WITH SCOUT
Team USA Paralympic Track and Field athlete, Scout Bassett, shares her truly remarkable journey on THE BRINK OF MIDNIGHT PODCAST.
No one has a story like Scout. Burned in a fire as a baby, she lost her right leg and was abandoned on the street in Nanjing, China. Transferred to a government orphanage, she endured years of emotional hardship, never seeing the light of day, and never knowing there was a world outside those orphanage walls. She had never even looked in a mirror or seen a photo of herself. When she was eight, a loving couple adopted Scout and brought her to Michigan to have a better life. Imagine seeing everything in the world - nature, cars, the sky, people, running water, a family…literally everything - for the first time at eight years old. Scout struggled to grow and learn about herself and the world and eventually found solace in sport. It allowed her to learn the strength, endurance, and grace within her and was her outlet to express so many emotions many of us will never know. In less than two decades of knowing the outside world, Scout earned a full ride scholarship to UCLA, found her running legs with the help of Challenged Athletes Foundation, broke both American (100m, 200m) and World (400 meter) track and field records, competed for Team USA Track & Field in the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, and became a sponsored Nike athlete.
Listen and be mesmerized by Scout's life-changing moments and her other-worldly wisdom. Your perspective will be challenged and your definition of words like inspiration, grit, determination, and endurance just might get an update. You'll also be challenged to answer Scout's bold question: "What are you willing to give and give up for your dream?"
SCOUT'S WORDS OF WISDOM
"Being able to experience running gave me the healing power of sport."
"I don't want to be an inspiration because I did something you didn't think an amputee could do. I want to be an inspiration because I've encouraged, empowered, motivated YOU to do something YOU didn't think YOU could do."
"Nothing is as rewarding as when you suffer and struggle, and when you make a huge sacrifice."
"Nothing would have happened had I never gotten uncomfortable and scared."
"If you have a goal, a dream, something you want to work towards, take the risk! Take that leap of faith, and be all in!"
"You have to ask what it is you want out of your life. What are you willing to give up or give to have that? What are you willing to do? What steps are you willing to take?"
"No one is going to do the hard work for you. There are no short cuts."
"Many people have the same goals. But, if that's true, goal-setting can't be the great differentiator…Focus instead on committing to and refining a process."
"The world is not going to be changed by your opinion. The world is going to be changed by your action."
"If you let other people tell you who you are, you'll never be truly confident. Your worth, your identity can't be attached to other people."
"Don't be parked at your pain. Don't be parked at your fears."
"Breakthrough moments usually come from the deepest, darkest places in your life. They rarely come when you're at a high, when you've experienced the pinnacle of your success... Those darkest moments of your life provide the most growth."
SCOUT'S CHARITABLE WORK, PROJECTS, AND PLAYLIST
Scout's Pump Up Playlist:
"Hall of Fame" (The Script)
"September Song" (JP Cooper)
"Dark Sky Paradise" (Big Sean)
"Don't Wake Me Up" (Chris Brown)
"Bonfire Heart" (James Blunt)
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Closing song, Bridge to Heaven (Brink of Midnight)