Eden Schroeder: Tender Belly's Athlete of the Month June 2024

Eden Schroeder: Tender Belly's Athlete of the Month June 2024

Eden Schroeder, a quadriplegic, has found immense joy and purpose through adaptive sports. She has embraced snow skiing, water skiing, and hand cycling, loving every challenge and triumph that each one brings.

However, her true passion lies in competitive para swimming. Returning to competition and athleticism after her injury has profoundly benefited her mental and physical health. Adaptive sports play a vital role in the disabled community, and Eden is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to experience and excel in so many of them.

Rapid Fire Questions

What is your WHY/Your mission?
I hope to show other people with disabilities that there are so many ways to be active; you just have to find the right resources!

Some causes/non-profits that you support?
The Shepherd Center has allowed me to experience so many adaptive sports and find my travel to para swim meet across the country. I am extremely grateful to them!

The team at Bike-On has gifted me a hand cycle that has allowed me to get back to "running" with my friends and cross train for swimming.

High Fives Foundation has gifted me mountain bike tires for my hand cycle which has allowed me to get back to doing things outside!

What's your favorite bacon recipe or way to enjoy bacon?
Extra crispy on a crumbly buttermilk biscuit

If you had to eat one food or dish the rest of your life what would it be?

What sport to you find unappealing or silly?
Golf because it's too quiet and long

If you could have a conversation with anyone (living or dead) who would it be and why?
Jesus... gotta ask the life questions

Name a song you can sing every single word to?

One thing you can't live without?
Queso and marg days

What is the last thing you Googled? 
Parmesan pasta recipe

What is the most unusual job you've had?
Cart girl on a golf course

Who do you think is the greatest athlete of all time?
Michael Phelps

Tell us something most people don't know about you?
My favorite hobby is eating

If you had a superpower what would it be and why?
Mind reading (...and walking lol). As a psych student I want to know what everyone is thinking!

What has been your biggest struggle and what advice do you have for someone facing the same struggle?
Confidence. You only have one life to live so get out there and make it worth it!

How do you stay motivated during tough times, and what advice would you give to aspiring athletes who are struggling to stay on track? 
Thinking about my health. I want to live a long life and staying active is part of it!

How do you define happiness, and have you found it?
Being content with yourself and the people around you. Definitely have found it!

What do you think the biggest misconception is as it relates to para sports?
That it's easy or "not as impressive" as able-bodied sports. It's the opposite. We have to fight through the physical and mental hardships of having a disability while also competing against other athletes. 

What changes would you like to see in your favorite sport?
Equal representation for athletes of all disabilities. Especially those of higher physical impairment. 

What do you think is the most important lesson that sports can teach us about life and how have you applied that lesson?
The people you have in your life are the most important thing about living. I've surrounded myself with people who support me everyday despite the challenges that I face.

What is something you think is true that almost nobody agrees with you on?
Having a disability gives a perspective needed in society. #universaldesign2025

Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
On Instagram @eden.schroeder and on TikTok h0twheels2.0

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