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Jay Poindexter, True athlete

Nothing stops 23-year-old Jay Poindexter from competition and sports.

Poindexter was born with spina bifida, which is a malformation of the spine that has left him wheelchair-bound all of his life. There is currently no treatment for the developmental disorder, but that doesn’t slow Poindexter down in doing what he loves.

Poindexter was born and raised in Michie, Tenn. by Buddy and Cheryl Poindexter, He started playing sports at an early age.

“My earliest memory was playing basketball at Michie Elementary,” said Poindexter. “I started out in Junior Pro when I was in the fourth grade.”

In 2002, Poindexter joined the Jackson Generals Wheelchair Basketball Team. The Jackson Generals had won the Division III National Tournament the year before, and Poindexter helped them to another victory in 2002 and has since had several top 10 finishes.

“Winning the National Championship in Illinois in 2002 was one of the best moments in my life,” said Poindexter.

Coached by Eddie Burkley out of Jackson, Tenn. Poindexter will join the team for his eleventh year in a row, with practices starting this week. Games will begin in October, but this year the Jackson Generals will host the Tournament Nov. 5 and 6.

Poindexter has also competed in many rallies ranging from 5K to 10K. In this year alone, he won first place in the Buford Pusser Festival 5K, second place in the Corinth Coke Classic 10K, and second place in the Gum Tree 10K in Tupelo, Miss. Poindexter has been competing in events like this since 2000. 

Poindexter is a member of Lakeview Baptist Church and graduated from McNairy Central in 2006.

Having an interest in computers, Poindexter studied at Tennessee Technology Center at Crump and received a certificate in computer operation technology in hardware and software networks.

Recently Poindexter has taken an interest in photography and is responsible for the ‘Striking photography’ lightening photo that made the front page of last weeks edition of the Independent Appeal.

Poindexter is a loved and respected member of the community and has the desire and dedication to one day compete in the Olympics.

With such a diversity of interests, it is difficult to say what Jay is going to do next, but it is safe to say that whatever it is, he is going to excel at it.

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