Jan. 28, 2013
Janne Kouri (B’ 97), a former Georgetown University football defensive lineman, appeared on CNN with Dr. Sanjay Gupta last week for a story featuring Next Step Fitness, a nationally-recognized non-profit organization he founded after an accident left him paralyzed from the neck down.
Gupta recounts Kouri’s story from fracturing his C5 and C6 vertebrae, which left him paralyzed from the neck down, through his early rehabilitation, to opening Next Step Fitness, the first rehab gym outside of a hospital setting. Kouri, the founder of Next Step Fitness, also trains five days a week at the gym with the hope of one day being able to walk again. Within the last year, Kouri has been able to walk with a walker for a few hundred feet.
In addition to speaking with Gupta, Kouri also wrote his story for CNN.com’s “The Human Factor”. Kouri discusses how his accident on August 5, 2006 and his business acumen helped him find his calling in trying to help and inspire others to overcome paralysis. Aside from being featured on CNN, Kouri and his wife Susan will also appear on CBS’ “The Doctors” on February 14, 2013.
Kouri starred at Georgetown from 1993-96, setting the program record for career sacks (31.5), a record that still stands today, while earning the MAAC Defensive Player of the Year in 1996.