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Last updated Tuesday, August 27, 2019 A Publication of the Office for Institutional Advancement

He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother!

Robert Gassert, a sophomore Professional Communications major, knows a thing or two about brotherly love.  How else could he have helped transform his younger brother Steven – who was born with Down Syndrome – into a champion powerlifter?

Steven had a debilitating disability to overcome, and as a child even had to be held up in order to sit upright.  But he was determined to get better, and with Robert’s help became a teen National Champion Powerlifter in the USPAL.  In October Steven won first prize in the USA Powerlifting 2015 Raw Nationals.  And keeping it all in the family, Robert – also a powerlifter – placed fourth.

Steven has accomplished so much in the sport that he even has a sponsor – Contraband Sports.  You can follow Steven on Instagram at @stevengpowerlifter59kg.


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