Heroes make a difference, stand out and do whatever it takes. Those are all qualities that define the Recreation and Wellness Center’s Inclusive Recreation lead, Katherine Torres.

Central Florida News 13 (CFN-13) honored Torres with an invitation to its annual Everyday Heroes awards luncheon on March 24. Torres, a senior Health Services Administration major from Orlando, has used a wheelchair most of her life due to muscle weakness in her lower extremities.

Torres is a champion for inclusivity on campus. She is most widely recognized for promoting the RWC’s Outdoor Adventure Program haul system. The harness, ropes and pulleys allow students with limited mobility, prosthetics, and even partial paralysis to scale the 41-foot climbing tower.

Torres says she was thrilled News 13 shared her story, “It was an honor to be nominated and invited to the luncheon and speak about what I do with every nominee at my table.” Last fall, The UCF Office of Diversity Initiatives also honored Torres with the Student Diversity and Inclusion Impact Award.