Forever Lebanon Valley

Paralympics Gold Medalist Ryan Neiswender Comes Home for Thanksgiving

Gold Medal Paralympic Basketball Player Ryan Neiswender
Ryan Neiswender’s Paralympics Gold Medal

Lebanon County’s second gold medal olympian stopped by the Forever Lebanon Valley studios Monday sporting his hardware from the Tokyo Paralympic Games of this past summer.

South Lebanon Township’s Ryan Neiswender came to town with his wife, Lauren to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with his parents and relatives for the first time in about three years. It’s also the first time he’s been home since participating in the delayed 2020 Paralympic Games:

He tells the Lebanon Valley Daily News the gold medal may hang around his neck, but there are a lot of people who got him to the Tokyo games.

The 27-year old, 2013 Cedar Crest graduate started participating in adapted sports programs at age 8, when his parents, Daryl and Peg Neiswender signed him up for a basketball program in Philadelphia sponsored by the 76ers.

He says that’s the day his life changed:

His parents saw how much he enjoyed playing wheelchair basketball and supported his growth in the sport from that day on:

Ryan says he plans to continue training and would like to participate in the 2024 Paralympic Games, which is actually only two-and-a-half years off.