Orphaned at 9, High Point distance runner Chernet Sisay lived on the streets of Ethiopia for more than a year and can’t bear to summon the memories.
So why can’t he stop smiling?
With November as National Adoption Month, Sisay's story is about the adoptive family, the teachers, the tutors, the coaches and the friends who taught him that his ambitions could extend beyond mere survival.
YouTube video courtesy of NCAA
Story by Brian Burnsed, NCAA Champion magazine