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WLM | health “A Cowboy with Grit” By Premier Bone & Joint Images Courtesy Premier Bone & Joint D reams don’t work unless you do, as the saying goes. No one knows this better than former Cowboy Adam Waddell, the 6’10” Cody native with a halo of blond hair. Adam’s dream to play basketball was nearly shattered by a knee injury, but his Cowboy grit (and the right doctors) kept him on his path. Most people outgrow their childhood dreams, but not Adam. Attending University of Wyoming games as a boy put a fire in his belly and he never wavered. As the son of two UW athletes, he was born to play, and the unusual height they passed to him promised a future in basketball. When he finally launched his career in the third grade, Adam hoped that he might one day be good enough to be a Cowboy. But he didn’t just dream. A strong work ethic and passion for sports guaranteed Adam stood out. As a senior at Cody High School, Adam made a name for himself as an athlete to watch, earning All-State and All-North Conference honors and ranking first in the state in rebounding in Class 4A, second in blocked shots, and fourth in field goal percentage. Though courted by several universities, he couldn’t forget the court he watched as a child. When UW came calling, he stayed true to his Cowboy roots and put on the brown and gold. 50 Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine | Spring 2015