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Campbell Professor Refuses To Let Paralysis Keep Her Off Tennis Court

Posted February 15, 2000

— Dr. Harriet Enzor has quickly become a world class tennis player and her journey to achieve that status is nothing short of incredible.

Enzor can hold her own against just about anyone on the tennis court.

"I try to get out and hit at least twice a week," Enzor says.

Enzor was just 14 years old when the polio vaccine caused her to permanently lose feeling in her legs.

"Instead of keeping me from getting it, I developed some paralysis from it," she says.

The Campbell University Associate Professor has won five straight state tournaments. She is now one of the highest ranking players in the nation.

"It makes me feel as free as I can possibly feel without being able to walk," Enzor says. "You get on the court and the wind's in your face and you're just pushing, pushing so hard."

A frequent partner is her nephew Josh. She even taught him how to play.

"It just makes me feel like I'm living, and I'm not just half a person anymore," Enzor says.

Enzor offers advice to other paralysis victims.

"You have to decide what you want to do about you," Enzor says. "You can't do it because someone else tells you. You have to do it because you've come to that decision."

Enzor has received the North Carolina Wheelchair Athlete of the Year award and the Governor's Award of Excellence for women in sports.

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