Meet Jessica Heims, The First Female Leg Amputee To Receive A DI Track And Field Scholarship

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By Alex Abrams | Team USA | Oct. 03, 2019

Jessica Heims laughed as she recalled the mean comments she heard as a kid.

When Heims started competing with a prosthetic leg made specifically to help amputees run, people often approached her mother with something nasty to say. They accused the young runner of “cheating” and expressed their displeasure that she was allowed to race.

That’s no longer the sentiment when Heims, now a sprinter and discus thrower at the University of Northern Iowa, arrives at a track meet. Opposing coaches and fellow runners are glad to see her.

They even root for Heims, a junior who was recently offered an athletic scholarship from Northern Iowa and is now the first female leg amputee to receive a Division I track and field scholarship.

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Featured Image Credit: Jessica Heims competing in the women’s discus throw F64 final at the Parapan American Games Lima 2019 on Aug. 28, 2019 in Lima, Peru