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Muji Karim returns to where it all began

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

The determination that made Burlington's Muji Karim a star on the gridiron and hardwood is keeping him going in the face of adversity.

Karim lost both of his legs and part of his hand in a fiery car accident in 2011, but that hasn't slowed him down.

"Obviously this isn't what I had planned when I was here," Karim said. "You sort of take life in stride and try to capitalize on whatever you can."

On Friday, Karim returned to Burlington High school to speak and inspire Seahorse student athletes. Karim even put on his running blades and raced some of the Burlington students.

"What motivates me is proving people who believe in me right," Karim said.

"It's incredible he's been able to do that after that (accident)," said Burlington senior Christian Holway.

Karim was a multi-sport star for the Seahorses and would go on to become a captain for the University of New Hampshire football team.

"Burlington, Vermont has meant a lot to me," said Karim. "It's meant a lot to me throughout my life, so if I can come back and do something and thank the people that have helped me, it'd be great."

Muji's athletic dreams are not over, as he now hopes to earn at spot at the 2016 World Paralympic games in Rio, launching his 'Run to Rio' campaign this afternoon.

Karim will head to Arizona later this month to compete in a sanctioned meet before the U.S. Nationals.

"I'll be out there with some paralympic coaches and scouts," Karim said. "I'm still relatively unknown but I'll show up and they'll know me before I leave."

"He's an amazing athlete even after this traumatic thing that happened in his life," said Burlington High junior Leena Unger. "It's truly incredible that he could bounce back and still be an amazing athlete."

You can donate to Karim's campaign here: https://www.crowdrise.com/MujiKarimRunningToRio/fundraiser/mujikarim

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