About Lawrence Sapp

Who am I?

Born September 5th, 2001, Lawrence played soccer and swam consistently throughout his youth. He started swimming around the age of five with a summer swim team and graduated to competitive swimming at the age of 12. While in High School, he broke over 5 swim team records his first season and is currently the reigning record holder. He’s been swimming with Nation’s Capital Swim Club since 2013, a Level 4, Gold Medal, USA Swimming Club that’s been ranked #1 in Club Excellence Program since 2019. Lawrence has been training under Coach Jeff King since 2018.

Lawrence is a sophomore at the University of Cincinnati and plans to work in the field of Architectural Engineering or Art upon graduation in 2024. Lawrence has an immediate goal of being accepted as a member of a Division I or Division II College Athletic swim team to sharpen his athletic skills and benefit from the friendships and support that a collegiate team provides.

He's been a member of the Team USA Paralympic Swim team since 2017 and is currently training as Paralympic hopeful for a spot on the Tokyo 2021 Team. Lawrence is the first Paralympic male athlete (with autism (ASD)) and an intellectual impairment (ID)  to make the Team USA National A team and compete internationally. Lawrence holds numerous American records and has collected medals from all over the world. His next goal is to be the first male athlete with ASD and ID) to represent the United States in an Olympic/Paralympic Game (Tokyo 2021).

When he’s not traveling or in school, Lawrence lives with his family in Waldorf, Maryland. He is the 2nd child of three and his siblings are Jaelyn and Nicholas. His parents are Carlton and Dee Sapp.

Lawrence thrives in environments where inclusion is a priority and is a trailblazer when it comes to people with ASD and ID. Lawrence loves to travel, play video games, construct buildings with Legos and hang out with friends.