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Real Hero: Amber McCoy

The dirt, the revving engines, and the competition of an ATV race, gave birth to a young hero. It happened at the Horn Rapids ORV Park in May of 2005. Amber McCoy was 11 at the time. She had already been racing for five years.

But it was her cousin Chani Brisby’s second race. The race began with a roar, but before the end of the first lap, Chani flipped to the bottom of the jump, and luckily the next rider was Amber. While Chani lay there helplessly with a broken collarbone, Amber jumped to the top of the hill to waive other riders to the side. Preventing a far more serious accident.

Had Chani not been wearing the proper safety equipment her injuries could have been much worse. Amber did finish the race after Chani was taken to the hospital and for her courage and sportsmanship she was awarded the first place plaque. In a world of fierce competition, it’s refreshing to know that some young people have their sights set on more than just winning .