Ralph Green, DeVry University Business Administration student and three-time Paralympic skier, was a well-rounded youth superstar, playing quarterback for his Brooklyn high school football team. His life changed dramatically at the age of 15 when a gunshot wound to his back resulted in the amputation of his left leg from the hip down.
A few years later, Ralph was introduced to the sport of skiing. He moved to Winter Park, CO, to train with the National Sports Center for the Disabled. Ralph was determined to master the sport and would not let anything stand in his way. He became the first African-American man to make the U.S. Paralympic Alpine Skiing National Team, and competed in the 2006, 2010 and 2014 U.S. Paralympics.
Ralph grew up in a family where academics was a priority, and education has always been important to him. After several years in national level competition, he began thinking about his life after the Olympics. DeVry University allows him to earn his degree while he's still competing. "One of the biggest benefits about training for the Olympic games and being a student at DeVry," says Ralph, "is that I undergo the same stresses when I'm taking a test as when I'm on top of the mountain getting ready to go 80 miles an hour. If I can handle taking a test in my online class, then when I get up on the slopes, I feel ready." His first experience with the care and attention DeVry offers its students was the registration process when his DeVry advisor worked overtime to get him registered before he left for a competition in New Zealand.
Ralph plans to use his Business Administration degree to embark on a career in the sports industry after his competition days are over. He's also considering pursuing an MBA with a concentration in Marketing at the Keller School of Management in the future - a bright, promising future.