Swalif means “to chat” in the Qatari dialect. In this virtual series Qatari social media influencer Hamad Al-Amari “swalifs” with invited American experts about hot topics, including the U.S. election system, Arab-American heritage, mental health, media literacy, entrepreneurship, education in the U.S., among others.
In celebration of Olympic and Paralympic Day on June 23, this month’s topic will be on disability inclusion in sports and what competing without limits means with Tucker Dupree, a 3x Paralympian and 4x Paralympic medalist. At 17, Tucker began to lose his vision and was diagnosed with a rare disease – Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON). In a short period of time, he lost 75% of his central vision in both eyes. Mr. Dupree holds 9 American and Pan-American records. At the 2016 Paralympic games in Rio, Tucker won a bronze medal in the 100-meter backstroke. At the 2012 London Paralympic Games, Tucker won a silver medal in the 100m backstroke and bronze medals in the 50m freestyle and 100m freestyle. Tucker has been able to swim his way to over 10 world championship titles.
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