Matt Scott is becoming a regular athlete featured by major companies. The newest Apple Watch campaign features Scott, a four-time U.S. Paralympian. He is a former ESPY Award nominee, an actor for Nike’s No Excuses commercial, and the star of his own New Year’s Eve broadcast. Scott also has one of the largest social network followings. He is role model and active leader for the wheelchair basketball community. His encouraging attitude and positive energy are recognized just about everywhere he goes.
Scott claims his success of wheelchair basketball is attributed to rolling up socks and shooting them into his hamper, just as Olympic gold medalist Kobe Bryant did. Well, hamper shooting sure did him well, since he is now a two-time Paralympic medalist having competed in 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016. In 2012 Team USA earned the Bronze medal in London only to gain redemption in 2016 and win the gold for Team USA at the Rio Paralympics
His passion for the sport and life of basketball has led to some amazing opportunities that he is grateful for. Scott has been overseas for just about 10 years, eight in Istanbul and one year in Sardinia where he currently resides. He is on his second season playing for GSD Porto Torres. He has a true love for both of his homes, as Detroit was where he was born and raised, and Sardinia the small town full of heart has really grown on him.
“The people, food, scenery and the entire lifestyle is all so warm and welcoming. I knew the minute I got there it was a special place,” said Scott.
The ability to play professional wheelchair basketball has really allowed Scott to do all his favorite things: travel, try new foods; experience new and unique things; attempt new activities; and write about all the places he goes. His innate ability to passionately indulge himself into every single thing he does is unique to the his personality. He gives his whole heart to everything and everybody on a daily basis and that is why he is so highly respected in the adaptive sports world.
Through Scott’s impressive reputation, long list of achievements, unique experiences and overall amazing energy, he continues to remain humble and remembers what is important – his family and even more importantly his mother. His family is very supportive of everything he does and is always in his corner whenever he needs them.
“My mother is my shining star, everything I do is in order to make her proud. She means the world to me,” Scott said.
From the words of a four-time Paralympian, Nike athlete, ESPY nominee and overall star to anyone he meets. He has the heart of a champion and his actions truly speak volumes to the kind of person Matt Scott really is. This is why he has no plans of hanging up the shoes just yet.