Hometown: Durham, North Carolina
Current Residence: Durham, North Carolina
High School: Hillside High School (Durham, North Carolina) ‘17
Son of Andrew and Deborah Jackson, Desmond was an active child after having his leg amputated above the knee when he was less than a year old due to a birth defect. With his mother's encouragement, he became involved in soccer, football and horseback riding before turning to track and field in high school. He trains with able-bodied runners at North Carolina State with able-bodied runners and was a 2014 and 2015 U.S. Paralympics Track and Field High School All-American. Fluent in Spanish, he enjoys plying X-Box, reading and riding his bike in his free time. He also serves as an usher at his church and previously played trumpet in a jazz band.