Skip to main content
Skip to navigation
Want to work at MizzouRec as a student? Join Team Mizzou, a national recognized student staff training and development program.


MizzouRec employee and wheelchair basketball alumnus welcomes national championship

Story by Derek Poore
Published March 5, 2015

Connor Downes

Connor Downes, center, played on the Mizzou Wheelchair Basketball team and worked for MizzouRec as an undergraduate student. Today he is employed full-time as MizzouRec's facilities coordinator.

Connor Downes has long understood the value of teamwork. Growing up, he loved playing baseball. He watched his father run a family business. But it wasn’t until he joined a wheelchair basketball team that he saw a whole new side to the benefits of working together toward a common goal.

Downes, BS BA ’13, has no problem walking. But he was born with a foot abnormality commonly known as clubfoot. Although he had surgery to repair it as a baby, in the eighth grade he began to suffer from muscle deterioration that made one of his legs weaker than the other. Eventually, he was no longer able to play baseball. Continue reading on the Mizzou News website

Published by the Division of Student Affairs, 211 Jesse Hall, Columbia, MO 65211 | Phone: 573-882-6776 | Fax: 573-882-0158 | E-mail:

Copyright © — Curators of the University of Missouri. All rights reserved. DMCA and other copyright information.
An equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

Last updated: Aug. 15, 2017