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Mandan Senior Surprised With Inspiration Award

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As school winds down many students prepare to say goodbye for the summer, but one senior at Mandan High School has already left a huge mark in his community.

If you know Michael Kaip, you know he loves sports.

What he did not know is that he would be singled out for his major play in the community.

Born with cerebral palsy, Michael Kaip is the founder of Dreams in Motion, an organization that allows athletes of all abilities to compete in all sports.

"Thank you Michael Kaip for being a shining example, breaking down barriers for others, and inspiring young people to reach their potential." says Brig. Gen. Alan Dohrmann, North Dakota National Guard.

A young man who has inspired so many others is nearly speechless as the crowd goes wild.

"This is incredible, I'm shaking right now you can probably tell--just thanks this is a great moment for me." says Michael Kaip.

"It was definitely awesome seeing Michael get that award, he works hard for it, I went to elementary school with him, he definitely deserves it, good kid." says Jackson Wenstrom/Senior.

"Just pride, I'm so grateful for the community he's been a part of growing up here... Just to see how much they care for him and respect him." says Annette Kaip, Michael's mom.

"I was very proud, very emotional, he's come a long way from a little kid, I don't think he's finished yet..." says Dino Kaip, Michael's dad.

Not by a long shot.

He is going to college to play wheelchair basketball and may coach in the future.

"I just want more and more kids to have opportunities, I found them a little bit later in life, I just want kids to know you can be an athlete, that's not just an area you miss out on--it's there for you." says Michael Kaip, 2013 Inspiration Award Recipient.

Before he continues changing the world, on this last day of school, he scores quite the moment.

He plans to major in history and play wheelchair basketball at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

USA Today Sports and the North Dakota National Guard partnered up to present the 2013 Inspiration Award.

Michael is one of only 13 students around the country to receive it.

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