Bob-Lujano
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Bob

Lujano

In January 1979, Bob Lujano lost his limbs below the elbow and above the knee, due to a rare blood disease called Meningococcemia, which is a rare form of meningitis. To support his physical and mental recovery, he began to play rugby and became a highly successful wheelchair athlete for over 20 years.

His career included a seven-year run on the USA Wheelchair Rugby team, with whom he won a gold medal in the 1999 World Wheelchair Games, a silver medal in the 2002 World Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden, and a bronze medal in the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens.
In ten years playing quad rugby he won five US Quad Rugby National Championships with Lakeshore Demolition of Birmingham, Alabama. The Demolition play in the United States Quad Rugby Association (USQRA) and the team is recognised as one of the best wheelchair rugby programmes in the country.
Bob was born in Wichita, Kansas and graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington in pre-law. He also holds a Masters in Sports Management from the University of Tennessee.
He played an important role in the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games as a venue director when he trained, accredited and uniformed over 12,000 volunteers. Since 1998 he has worked at the Lakeshore Foundation, an official US Olympic and Paralympics Training Site in Birmingham, Alabama, first as Coordinator of Athletics, now as an information specialist for the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability.
He is an enthusiastic worker for young people and over the years has co-ordinated many after-school fitness, recreation and health programmes and organised camps and training site activities in his local area. One of the programmes - Super Sports/ Saturday Slam (Sport, Learning, Activity, Movement) - serves more than 500 young people. Another is Camp Strive, which supports disabled youngsters and their families.
In June 2005, Bob co-featured in the Oscar-nominated documentary Murderball, an American  production about disabled athletes who play wheelchair rugby, which focused on the rivalry between the Canadian and US teams leading up to the 2004 Paralympic Games. Following this he was a guest on Larry King Live on CNN.
Living in Hoover, Alabama, he is a devout Christian. His two mottos in life are: ‘Seek first the kingdom of God and all his righteousness will be added unto you’ and ‘No arms, no legs, no problem!’