Professional Experience

Motivational Speaker 1983 to Present: Energetic and passionate Keynote Speaker, with more than 5,000 speeches under his belt – including more than 2,000 to schools – Kevin Saunders is perhaps one of the well-traveled professional speakers working today. From small groups of a couple dozen students, to stadiums filled with more than fifteen thousand executives, he’s worked with almost every kind of audience across several continents and countless industries. But as impressive as those numbers are, they’re only a small part of his professional background. Here are just a few of his achievements:


Three-time Paralympics Athlete and Record-Holder
Multiple World Champion and Record-Holder
Multiple Pan-American Games Gold Medalist and Record-Holder

Kevin has excelled on the world’s greatest stage – the Olympic stadiums – competing at the highest level of international competition.


Two-Time member and Constituent Advisor to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness, Sports & Nutrition under three US Presidents.
Kevin served on the council as the only member with a disability, and was the only called upon and appointed at the WHITE HOUSE by Presidents Bush and Clinton. Member, President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports 1992 to 2000: Senior Member from 1993. George W. Bush named Saunders as a constituent expert on fitness for people with disabilities to serve with the President’s Council on Physical Fitness Sports & Nutrition for the Department of Health & Human Services. Traveling “ambassador” for the council, speaking with America’s youth to encourage them to participate in the President’s Challenge and make fitness an integral part of their daily lives.


Founder, Wheelchair Success Fund 1990 to Present
Creator of this important organization, which encourages people with disabilities to achieve their goals through furthering their education. Coordinated all operations, including fundraising, volunteer recruitment and related activities in conjunction with the Coastal Bend Community Foundation.


Member, York Barbell Sports Performance Equipment Board of Directors 2000 to 2002
Advisor to this world renowned Pennsylvania company, one of world’s leading innovators in the strength and fitness equipment industry.


Actor, 1989: Principal actor in Born on the Fourth of July, directed by Oliver Stone, starring Tom Cruise.


1984 to present:
Kevin has been featured in much television, radio, print, eBook’s and blogs advertisements promoting fitness and education, paralyzed from the chest down Kevin, helps show that no matter who you are or what situation you are in, that education and fitness will enable you to increase the quality of your life.


A fitness icon.
As part of his crusade to raise awareness of healthy eating and nutrition topics, Kevin pushed his wheelchair across North America and Europe as an Ambassador of Fitness.


Extreme motivator.
For over a decade, Kevin worked alongside Coach Bill Snyder to assist in “the greatest turnaround in college sports history.”


Promoter of Safety comes 1st in the workplace.
Kevin Saunders along with Kansas State University produced video productions to be used in the workplace to help reduce accidents. The video production was entitled: “Deadly Dust.”


Feature Film Actor. Kevin worked alongside Tom Cruise and Oliver Stone to feature in the major studio release Born on the Fourth of July.


Television Commercial Actor.
Kevin has been featured in over 50 TV commercials promoting fitness, education and wellness.


Accomplished author and media personality.
Kevin has penned several books, including the first comic book to feature a wheelchair hero. The attention surrounding his accomplishments has made him into a favorite of newspapers, magazines, radio and televisions shows everywhere. He’s been featured on ESPN, USA Today, Oprah, the Hour of Power and thousands of national, regional and local outlets.


Throughout all he’s accomplished so far, though, Kevin’s greatest achievement has been passing on his fire and passion to audiences around the world. “Never Give Up” isn’t just his saying – it’s his mission.

Kevin Saunders is widely regarded as one of the most powerful motivational speakers alive today. Faced with severe paralysis, he overcame constant physical pain, overwhelming depression and self-doubt to become a World Champion athlete, author and inspiration to millions around the world – helping them to “Never Give Up!” in pursuit of their goals.

Let Kevin inspire and bring the champion out of every member of your audience.

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