The history of Downriver Panthers is an inspiring story of a dedicated visionary and a group of athletes that succeeded in overcoming their disabilities and went on to become sports champions.
Downriver Panthers were originally established by Jon Call in 1981 as a group of six athletes known as the Truman P.O.H.I. (physically or otherwise health impaired) Panthers. Jon Call was an occupational therapist dedicated to involve students with physical abilities in sports activities and make it fun at the same time. The Panthers went on to compete with other teams across the state. Two of the Panthers, with Jon's coaching efforts, even completed the 1987 New York Marathon!
As time went on, the team expanded their membership and range of activities and became a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in 2017.
As of winter of 2019 the Downriver Panthers have over 200 active members and grow every week!