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International recognition for the Paralympic refugee who lives in Greece!

Paralympic swimmer and Syrian refugee Ibrahim Al-Hussein has been presented the 2016 Mildred “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias Courage Award from the United States Sports Academy for showing courage and dedication to his sport in the face of incredible odds.

The Mildred “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias Courage Award is given to an individual who demonstrates courageous action in overcoming adversity to excel in sport. This individual should exhibit the qualities of courage, perseverance, grace, and strength in sport achievement. Zaharias' spirit and zest for life, as well as her courage, strength, and achievement, are the qualities for which this award is named. Her fight to overcome life-threatening cancer and return to the winner's circle has withstood the test of time. Al-Hussein was one of two athletes to be the first refugees to be part of the Independent Paralympic Athletes team.

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