"My dream is to go to a college of my choice without having to worry about having someone to tie me my shoes every day At 16, I am able to dress completely alone, but my parents still have to tie my shoes. As a teenager who is struggling to become fully independent, I find it extremely frustrating and sometimes embarrassing, "Walzer says in the letter addressed to Nike .
Because of the cerebral palsy, some body muscles were atrophied and only one of his hands has flexibility.
The message came to the company and Tobie Hatfield, director of innovation for athletes, was commissioned to create the new product. Much research and exchanges of views between Hatfield and Walzer, and tests with basketball players, were necessary to be born the Flyease, a clasp attached to a velcro that allows the tennis is opened and closed with one hand.
By pulling closure, the back of the tennis opens as an orange be peeled, which facilitates putting on and take off.
"While different levels of mobility make it difficult to present a universal solution, we feel that this is a significant innovation for someone who has never been able to put your foot independently within tennis," said Hatfield at Nike's website.
The dream was realized and Walzer is now a sophomore in college and can now tie their shoes alone.