Meet Emily Gregory, She Faces
Challenges On the Court and Off
COD student, Emily Gregory, turns heads
on the volleyball court not only for her outstanding play, but because she is a
volleyball star with only one hand. She was born with a congenital condition in
which her left arm appears amputated at the elbow.
Coach Marion Champion has this to say, “Emily is a
pleasure to coach. I don't treat her any differently than I do any other player
on our team. She just does what the other women do, but with only one arm. I've
never seen her give-up or complain. She just continues to give it her all every
single day. What more could a coach want?"
What more, indeed. It is clear that she
adapts well and doesn’t let anything slow her down. In volleyball, height can
be a significant advantage and Emily is 5’9” and demonstrates her athleticism
every time she steps on the court in her role as an outside hitter. She is in
the top 20 for “kills” and kill percentage in the Foothill Conference of which
COD is a member. (For those of you new to volleyball lingo, a kill is an
offensive shot that is not returnable by the opposing team and results in a
She gives lots of credit to her parents
who never restricted her activities and always motivated her to do things that
everyone else does.
Emily started playing volleyball when
she was in high school at Shadow Hills. She loves every aspect of the game and
notes, “Volleyball is the essence of a team sport and you have many chances to
show what you’re capable of.”
She plans to continue playing volleyball
as she pursues her education. Her goal is to finish her Associate’s degree at
College of the Desert, earn a Bachelor’s degree in science, and become a registered
nurse. Given her “can do” attitude and her commitment to excellence, she will
no doubt do just that.