Holly Koester was the first army veteran recipient of the Spirit of Ability Award. A former Captain in the U.S. Army, Holly sustained a spinal cord injury that left her without the use of her legs.

She adopted the personal motto of “No obstacle too big,” which served her well as she competed in 23 National Veteran’s Wheelchair Games, a marathon in each of the 50 states, and more. Holly serves on the board and acts as a spokesperson and Sports Director for the Ohio Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA).

The PVA came out in big numbers to support Holly when she received the Spirit of Ability Award. There is no doubt in our minds that Holly, along with her large support group, will continue to live by her personal motto for the rest of her life. Together with her positive impact in so many facets of her community, these are just some of the reasons she was honored as the fourth recipient of the Spirit of Ability Award.