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Winning by giving back

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Josh Miller grew up playing every sport imaginable. He was a standout on his college hockey team in 2005, when the unimaginable happened on summer break. Josh dove into a pool and hit the bottom. A spinal cord injury took  Josh’s ability to walk and skate, but it didn’t take his competitive spirit.

Josh was determined to regain his independence. He learned to drive again at the Easterseals Rehabilitation Center, using high-tech hand and headrest controls. Custom wheelchair solutions enhanced his mobility. Josh took on the challenge of intensive Easterseals therapy, which required more effort and determination than any sport he had ever undertaken. Hard work and Easterseals’ expertise helped Josh achieve an important dream. In 2008, he earned his bachelors degree at USI, and soon after, he began a career with Vectren.

As a Vectren Safety Associate, Josh advises area businesses and organizations on worksite safety and emergency preparedness plans for employees of all abilities. In fact, he recently developed a comprehensive new safety plan for the Easterseals Rehabilitation Center.

Josh still receives weekly Easterseals therapy to maintain mobility, strength and endurance to do what he loves the most–giving back to his community. He volunteers as a member of the Indiana Governor’s Council for Disabilities and advocates for inclusive employment as a representative of the state’s “Work to Include” initiative.

Josh also still loves hockey, and he helps young athletes excel. Recently he helped to coach the Evansville Thunder to the finals of the Indiana State High School State Tournament. Undoubtedly, Josh shared many valuable life lessons that will stay with the players long after they leave the ice.

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