Hall of Fame Alumni
Michigan Hall of Fame
On August 14, 1989, Scot Severn was on-duty with the U.S. Army Reserves at Camp Grayling in Michigan when he was struck by lightning. The direct hit threw him 40 feet and caused external, as well as, internal burns and nerve damage. The injury left Scot as an incomplete quadriplegic.
Soon after his accident, Scot began bowling, but did not start participating in wheelchair sports until 2003. Scot credits wheelchair sports for filling a void left by the lightning bolt.
Scot was honored by the Hall of Fame individually as Male Athlete of the Year in 2005. He was also a member of The Michigan Storm Wheelchair Rugby team that was honored by the Athletes with Disabilities Hall of Fame as the Team/Athlete of the Year in 2006 and a member of Wheelin Team 457 that was bestowed the same honor in 2007.
On Labor Day 2006, Scot handcycled across the Mackinaw Bridge with Governor Jennifer Granholm and Angiline Lavassuer as part of the Governor's mentoring program.
In 2008, Scot took gold at the U.S. Paralympic National Championship in discus, javelin and shot put, which solidified his spot on the US Paralympic Team. At the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, China, Scot placed 7th in discus and 9th in shot put.
At the 2010 U.S. Paralympic National Championship, Scot took another gold medal in shot put and silver medals in javelin and discus. At the 2011 Parapan American Games, he took silver medals in discus and shot put, as well as 4th place in shot put at the 2011 IPC World Championships.
In 2012, Scot won the gold medal in the discus and silver medals in javelin and shot put at the U.S. Paralympic National Championships. This also earned him a spot on the US Paralympic Team where he competed in London. Scot won the bronze medal in shot put and placed 8th in javelin and 9th in discus.
At the 2013 U.S. Paralympic National Championships, Scot won gold medals in all three of his sports and won the silver medal at the 2013 IPC World Championships in shot put. Scot is also the 2014 recipient of the Michigan Governor's Council on Physical Fitness as Veteran of the Year
Scot and his wife, Brenda, have three children, Nicole (15), Kyle (13) and Colton (12). Currently, Scot serves as the Sports Director for the Michigan Paralyzed Veterans of American. He has also served on the Michigan DNR Accessibility Advisory Council since 2007. Scot is a graduate of Saginaw Valley State University with a degree in Business.