Natick paralympian Anjali Forber-Pratt received a standing ovation Friday night at TD Garden, where she was honored by the Boston Celtics.
The 26-year-old athlete, who won a bronze medal at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing and a gold medal and bronze medal at the Parapan American Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2007, was honored by the basketball team's “Heroes Among Us” program during the second quarter of the Celtics-Warriors game.
“It’s a tremendous honor,” said Forber-Pratt, who specializes in wheelchair racing. “I’m so excited. And I get to see one of my hometown teams.”
In New Zealand last month, she qualified for the 2012 Paralympics in London.
Forber-Pratt, who has never walked, uses a racing wheelchair in competition. She has competed all over world and was named the New England Wheelchair Athletic Association Junior Athlete of the year in 2001.
She will compete in the Boston Marathon next month for the first time.
Born and abandoned in India, she was three months old when she was adopted by Rosalind and Larry Forber-Pratt of Natick. Anjali has returned to India twice to help start orphanages in India West Africa, where she helped develop a paralympic program for girls..
Forber-Pratt is working on a doctorate degree in human resource education at the University of Illinois, where she’s a graduate teaching assistant.
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