Inspirational Athletic Team, Disability Advocate, Father
Dick Hoyt is one-half of the inspiring “Team Hoyt”, a father-son duo who have advocated for people living with disabilities and encouraged the belief that “yes, you can,” through their participation in numerous athletic events around the world. Since 1977, Dick has competed with his son, Rick, in over 1100 race events, including marathons, duathlons, and triathlons.
Dick and Rick’s athletic endeavors have earned them inductions into the Ford Ironman World Championship Hall of Fame and the Marine Corps Marathon Hall of Fame, and in 2013 they received the ESPY Jimmy V Award for Perseverance.
Rick was born in 1962 as a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy and as a non-speaking person—but despite these disabilities, Rick’s mind and spirit have always been strong. His family supported his quest for independence and inclusion in community, sports, education and the workplace, culminating with his graduation from Boston University.
Dick, 75 years young, is a retired Lt. Colonel, having served in the Air National Guard for over 35 years. He is a father to three sons and grandfather to four grandsons.
Now an inspirational speaker, Dick travels the country doing corporate and community presentations, educating the public about disability awareness and promoting the Team Hoyt motto, “Yes You Can”. Through his presentation, Dick shares his lifelong commitment to changing attitudes and educating others on the world of disabilities. He and his family have seen an impact from their efforts in the area of public attitude toward people with disabilities.
SPEECH TITLE AND DESCRIPTIONYES YOU CAN
Dick Hoyt delivers a one hour multimedia presentation about his story and how he and his son Rick participate in marathons and triathlons all over the country.
Dick's message has been delivered to all different types of audiences from students to athletes, to huge corporations. Regardless of the size of the group or the industry they work in, the message is universal: "Yes You Can!"
Dick and Rick—Team Hoyt—is a story of hope and working hard for what you believe in.
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