Alan “AC3″ Conerly
AC3 grew up in Chicago, IL in a tight knit family as the youngest of three boys. He credits his brothers Aubrey and Antwoin for his love of basketball, learning to play at age 4, and by 9 he was already playing against 11 and 12 year olds. Sports, and in particular basketball, would become the driving force behind AC3′s inspirational passion for life.
In 2006, AC3 moved with his family to Jacksonville, FL and added football and track to the list of competitive sports he excelled at. He also enjoyed fishing in his free time–reeling in sharks, stingrays, mackerel, and even a 27″ redfish. As busy as he was, AC3′s first love was always basketball and by his Junior year of high school he was considered one of the top athletes playing in the state of Florida. Before the end of his Junior year, AC3 already received attention from local and national universities.
AC3′s life changed forever on March 14, 2011 while riding a scooter to school along Penman Drive in Jacksonville, FL. A 47 year-old distracted driver made a left hand turn without seeing AC3 and his scooter, and the collision required AC3 to be airlifted to a hospital and placed in a medically induced coma. In a matter of seconds, AC3 was robbed of his mobility and memory.
However, this isn’t the end of AC3′s story but merely the beginning. The 19 year old recently graduated from Atlantic Coast High School and his ongoing rehabilitation includes goals of once again playing basketball and attending college. Already overcoming obstacles to be a respected motivational speaker and spokesperson against distracted driving, AC3 is one of the the most inspirational people you will ever meet.