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Kelvin, ‘KJ’ Fields II: “I want to see more people that look like me. When I play my video games, I want to see more characters who look like me. When I watch fashion shows, I want to see kids like me rolling the runways. That’s ok! Inclusion matters. Everybody matters.”

If I could inspire a movement it would be a movement that included ALL people. No matter what they look like or what they have to use to get around. Inclusion matters and I wish everyone would embrace and understand that. My parents have sacrificed a lot, and in my home we changed the name […]


If I could inspire a movement it would be a movement that included ALL people. No matter what they look like or what they have to use to get around. Inclusion matters and I wish everyone would embrace and understand that. My parents have sacrificed a lot, and in my home we changed the name of everyday things to make being me easier. Change is good and it can be beneficial to all of us. Change your way of seeing kids and adults like me. We are people too and sitting on the sidelines is not something most of us like doing. Why does every sport I play have to be labeled adaptive? Why can’t I play with normies (“normal people”) and it be called just SPORTS? Why am I labeled handicap? I’ve seen more normies with more disabilities than me. When I watch movies, I want to see more people that look like me. When I play my video games, I want to see more characters who look like me. When I watch fashion shows, I want to see kids like me rolling the runways. That’s ok! Inclusion matters. Everybody matters.


I had the pleasure of interviewing Kelvin Fields II, also known as “KJ”. KJ’s life was forever impacted 7 years ago when he was hit by a car coming from his aunt’s house. He suffered a concussion, a collapsed lung, a fractured spine, and a piece of his pelvic bone was broken off. KJ is a warrior and he lets nothing slow him down. Last summer he was chosen to be 2018’s Junior Athlete of the Year, and he graced the cover of one of the top adaptive sports magazines, Sports N’ Spokes. Robin Roberts chose him to be her first Thriver of the year and this January he was featured on Good Morning America! Learn how KJ turned his struggle into power and the ultimate warrior inside and out!


Thank you so much for doing this with us KJ! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

I really don’t have just one story — I have many. One is becoming the ambassador for my hospital that saved my life and gave me my first wheelchair. I’ve been able to meet so many kids that look like me. I remember waking up not being able to feel my legs, and my parents by my bed telling me we were going to fight — and with God, we would figure this out. Since then, I haven’t looked back! It’s pretty awesome to be able to talk to kids in the very same situation that I was in and tell them that everything will be ok — that there’s a cool new world waiting for them.

Another one is how the Ultimate Workout and Recovery Spider System (UWAR) played a significant role my life, rehabilitation, recovery, and continued strength-training. It made me stronger and faster, and played a big role in breaking and setting numerous records in track and field. This increased my confidence tremendously, and I am proud to be an athlete! Thanks to UWAR, I love being able to workout whenever I want. Before we received the equipment, we had to burn up the highway every week for Physical Therapy (PT), an hour away. With the UWAR, we were able to bring everything they did in PT home. The machine is adaptable, adjustable, and thankfully easy to use from my bed or chair.

A third story is being on Good Morning America! Michael Strahan actually said my name and picked at my voice being deeper than his — now that’s awesome! To be interviewed by Robin Roberts Productions, and she being from MS just like me, that rocked my world. She actually wanted to hear my story. That to me is a powerful thing.

Probably the best stories are the ones where families like ours come up to us and say stuff like, if it wasn’t for my family’s journey and showing them it’ll all be ok and paralysis isn’t the end of the world.

Are there three things the community/society/politicians can do help you address the root of the problem you are trying to solve?

Being disabled is expensive. All of my activities are out of the state. Mississippi really doesn’t have a lot so we have to travel everywhere just so I can have a chance at sports.

That’s why I’m, so thankful that I have the UWAR system that I can use anytime at home, whether on a chair or bed. It’s easy and just makes sense, especially in my continued strength training as an athlete.

Don’t get me on wheelchairs, sports wheelchairs, standing frames, bathroom chairs, catheters, and ramps. I see my mom and dad hustling everyday just so me and my brother can have what we need. Right now we are leaving with my PaPa, and my brother and I have to share a room.

So if I had magical powers, I would build a house so that my brother and I would have our own rooms. I would also make it wheelchair accessible. I can’t reach the microwave, refrigerator, or the cabinets like my younger brother and everyone else. I think this hurts my mom because I always have to ask my family for help with simple things that I want to do on my own. I always hear her say that when she hits the lotto, the first thing she’s going to do is get a house where I can reach everything and be independent just like everyone else in the house.

How do you define “Leadership”? Can you explain what you mean or give an example?

Showing other kids like me, it’s ok. It’s ok to be in a wheelchair. If someone has a problem with it that’s their problem. Never let that slow you down. I may have to do things a little different but different doesn’t mean can’t. Anything you can do, I can do. I loved sports before my accident and I love sports now. I just play them a little differently. When I’m out there on that court, nothing slows me down — and that’s the way I live life by letting nothing slow me down.

You are a person of enormous influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂

If I could inspire a movement it would be a movement that included ALL people. No matter what they look like or what they have to use to get around. Inclusion matters and I wish everyone would embrace and understand that. My parents have sacrificed a lot, and in my home we changed the name of everyday things to make being me easier. Change is good and it can be beneficial to all of us. Change your way of seeing kids and adults like me. We are people too and sitting on the sidelines is not something most of us like doing.

Why does every sport I play have to be labeled adaptive? Why can’t I play with normies (“normal people”) and it be called just SPORTS? Why am I labeled handicap? I’ve seen more normies with more disabilities than me. When I watch movies, I want to see more people that look like me. When I play my video games, I want to see more characters who look like me. When I watch fashion shows, I want to see kids like me rolling the runways. That’s ok! Inclusion matters. Everybody matters.

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?

My granny always told me,

“If God brings you to it

He’ll bring you through it”

And of course my motto

PUSH ON!

Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this, especially if we tag them. 🙂

Michael Jordan because he the GOAT!!!

I would love to ask him how it feels to wear any (MY FAVORITE KICKS) Jordan shoe he wants. This man dominated my favorite sport, and I hope to do the same on my Lakeshore team in Alabama (I’m on Varsity this Fall), college, and in the Paralympics.

I would also ask him to help me develop a fly shoe for kids like me — a soft-but-firm shoe that is easy to put on, affordable, and hot!!

How can our readers follow you on social media?

Facebook & Instagram

@pushonKJ

This was very meaningful, thank you so much!

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