About Roger Crawford - Physically Challenged Tennis Champion, and Inspirational Speaker:
Before Roger Crawford inspired others as a bestselling author and Hall of Fame speaker on Center Stage, he achieved phenomenal success on Center Court - despite a physical challenge affecting all four limbs.
Roger not only became the first and only athlete with four impaired limbs to compete in a NCAA Division I sport, he became a Hall of Fame Division I athlete. His compelling story of how he became a tennis champion communicates and demonstrates the power of an “I Can!” attitude to redefine the possible!
Sports Illustrated has recognized Roger as “one of the most accomplished physically challenged athletes in the world,” and in 2013 he was selected as the winner of the ITA Achievement Award, presented by The International Tennis Hall of Fame. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
After achieving immense success as a Hall of Fame athlete, Roger went on to inspire audiences worldwide, eloquently sharing the principles he has lived—perseverance, unshakable optimism, and overcoming adversity. His remarkable life story is a powerful example that “Challenges are inevitable, defeat is optional!”
Roger has been inducted into the National Speakers Association Hall of Fame in recognition of his highly successful speaking career spanning two decades. As a member of the Hall of Fame for People with Disabilities, he shares this prestigious distinction with fellow honorees such as Christopher Reeves, Helen Keller and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Roger has been featured on Larry King Live, Good Morning America, CNBC, and many other prominent television programs. His life was the basis for an Emmy award-winning movie entitled In a New Light. The print media has also acknowledged his amazing accomplishments and profiled him in publications such as, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Men’s Fitness, Fast Company, and Tennis Magazine. You may have read about Roger’s football exploits in the original Chicken Soup for the Soul.
Roger is also a best-selling author whose books have been translated into seventeen different languages. His most recent book, Think Again! Discover the Possibilities in Plain Sight, helps readers tap into their creative potential and reach new heights of inspiration and performance.
What Roger Crawford Talks About:
Playing From The Heart: Turn Adversity Into Possibility!
Most handicaps that prohibit us from reaching our potential are not seen, often they are self-imposed. These disabling limitations are frequently the negative beliefs held by an individual or an organization about their abilities and possibilities. This dynamic program provides the inspiration and strategies needed to blast through these perceived barriers with the strength of purpose, perspective, and perseverance.
How High Can You Bounce? Capture the Possibilities of Change
Have you ever heard someone say, "I'll be a lot more optimistic when things get back to normal"?
The truth is, what may have been successful yesterday may not be successful tomorrow. This powerful program teaches the attitudes and actions needed to bounce forward, equipped to conquer change and triumph over trials. Learn to bounce to new heights and achieve extraordinary results.
With these proven success principles, it doesn't mean you won't get knocked down, but it does mean you won't get knocked out!
Think Again: Discover Possibilities Hidden In Plain Sight
What is the difference between those who realize great possibilities and others who achieve mediocrity? Is it a matter of time, natural talent, or years of training? In this groundbreaking keynote presentation, audiences discover their most powerful resource is not simply aptitude or ability, but their chosen attitude towards aptitude and ability that create possibilities. The most successful people and organizations think again or think differently from those less successful. Much too often, we believe we are incapable of making the necessary change in our thinking and therefore are unable to achieve the success we really desire. Everyone encounters circumstances that are uncontrollable and unchangeable, but we can learn to control and change our mindset. When you put the Think Again! skills into practice, your productivity increases, performance is enhanced and new possibilities emerge!
Some actionable ideas your organization can use to establish a competitive advantage are:
Our ability to Think Again! and discover what is truly possible can be our greatest asset!
The Summit was a success in large measure due to the tone that you set. Your comments were the perfect balance for our group, and you truly inspired our folks to motivate change! We won’t soon forget Roger Crawford!
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