September 3, 1992
On this day, the 1992 Paralympics commenced in Barcelona, Spain, and two IUPUI students were there to compete.
Frank L. Epperson, Jr., a 26-year-old senior physical education major, was in Barcelona to compete in the 100, 200, and 400-meter wheelchair racing events. He had won a bronze medal in the 1988 Paralympics in Seoul, South Korea in the 4x100 meter relay. and had qualified to represent the USA in 1992 by setting a U.S. record in the 200 meters.
Epperson retired from competitive racing in 1999 and turned his attention to wheelchair ballroom dancing.
Today, Mr. Epperson is an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) employment consultant with Indiana University.
Another athlete from IUPUI competed in the Barcelona Paralympics. Trischa Zorn, a 1992 alumna of the School of Education, competed in the 1992 games as a member of the U.S. Blind Swim Team. Indeed, she has competed in seven Paralympic Games competitions and won 55 medals, 41 of which were gold, more than any other paralympian. Today, Ms. Zorn teaches in Indianapolis.
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