Profiles In Courage

High school athletes who have triumphed over adversity to excel in sports and in life

Updated: July 12, 2012, 11:50 AM ET

Rise Above logoJacob Belcher, RIKU, Rick Dahms, Steve Boyle, Parker Eshelman

ESPNHS's Rise Above series features stories about high school athletes who have overcome significant obstacles on and off the field.

All Saints Episcopal (Fort Worth, Texas) setter Austin Roberts overcomes two brain tumors and two bouts with bacterial meningitis. Story »

Olympia (Orlando, Fla.) senior pitcher Michael Hennessey missed all of 2011 while battling testicular cancer, but returned to go 12-0 this season for one of the nation's top teams. Story »

Basketball player Maggie Meier always had perfect shooting form -- even when she was hospitalized with a life-threatening brain infection. Story » | Photo Gallery Photo Gallery

Tristan Braverman, a junior basketball player at Lawrence Woodmere (N.Y.), doesn't let autism prevent him from shining on the court. Story and Video Video | Jason McElwain's memorable performance on the court helped tear down autism stereotypes. Story »

Senior Tyler Carrico of James River (Midlothian, Va.) is one of Virginia's top pitchers, but a broken back suffered in a football game nearly ended his promising career. Story »

After losing star setter Caroline Found in a tragic moped accident, the Iowa City West (Iowa) volleyball team dug deep to defend its state title in her honor. Story »

Tennis player Courage Okungbowa of Wiregrass Ranch (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) lived up to his name when he rescued his family from a serious car accident. Story and Video Video

Golfer Dani Urman helped lead Cherry Creek (Greenwood Village, Colo.) to a state championship during her recovery from osteosarcoma, a bone cancer that is most common in teens. Story »