- Kevin Saunders, Motivational Speaker
Kevin Saunders, Motivational Speaker
Here are just a few of his achievements:
Three-time Paralympics Athlete and Champion
Kevin has excelled on the world’s greatest stage, representing Team USA in Olympic stadiums and World Championship venues in a wide range of athletic disciplines, most notably the Pentathlon.
Two-Time Member of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports
In 1992, Kevin Saunders was named to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness as the first-ever member with a disability. Kevin would be the only member called upon and appointed at the White House by Presidents Bush and Clinton. He served through 2000.
A Health & 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.
For over a decade, Kevin worked alongside Coach Bill Snyder, head football coach at Kansas State University, to assist in “the greatest turnaround in college sports history.” In recognition of Kevin’s contributions, Coach Snyder created the “Never Give Up” Award which is presented to a football player that has demonstrated the greatest courage, perseverance and determination in the pursuit of the team’s goals.
Feature Film Actor
Kevin was cast along with star Tom Cruise in director Oliver Stone’s critically-acclaimed 1989 film, “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 and thousands of local and regional outlets for his high-profile achievements, both on the field and off.
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 blazing on the track.
Kevin addresses K-State players
Head Strength & Conditioning Coach, San Antonio Spurs
Head Strength & Conditioning Coach, San Antonio Spurs
Legendary Head Coach, Football University of Nebraska, Untied States Congressman, Nebraska, Current Athletic Director at the University of Nebraska to present.
Assistant Superintendent, Houston School District
Head Football Coach, Kansas State University, Orchestrated the biggest turnaround in college football history
Emeritus Director, Team Physician, Oklahoma State University
Industrial Lubricants Sales Engineer
Head Football Coach, University of Texas, National Champions
President Del Mar College
Director NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, Alabama
Inspiration behind the TRI Pictures movie, "Rudy"
Author of "Never Fear, Never Quit!"
National Fitness Teacher of the Year
State Farm Ins. Co. Lincoln, NE
Kevin tells his story with a remarkable mixture of gravity, reflection, and even humor. Our entire audience was complete wrapped up in hearing him tell it – the accident, his initial recovery, the enormous hurdles he had to surmount in everyday life and then as he re-launched his athletic career as a para-Olympian. Now this experience would seem pretty remote from most of us who are not world-class athletes. But Kevin made this into an experience that we could understand and to which we could relate. While his story is necessarily unique, he in very sensitive to the many forms of adversity that he shares with people from all walks of life. We have all thought of "giving up" on a particularly daunting challenge. Kevin gives you a new perspective on how to persevere when it becomes particularly difficult.
We were also mightily impressed with the way in which Kevin took the time to learn about our organization--the work we do and challenges we face as community college marketers – and then incorporate what he had learned into his presentation. It certainly helps that he personally is such a great ambassador for community colleges, having completed at one himself. But I had the sense that Kevin would have thrown himself into learning about any organization before which he would be speaking. I can't imagine him being unprepared...in any way.
It was also wonderful to have Kevin sign copies of his book – which is a remarkable and lively read! – and personalize it for us and family members. My eight-year-old son really loved having the booked signed to him and hearing me relate Kevin's story to him. It is such a powerful example for the coming generation(s).
I would have Kevin present before our group again based on my experience in Galveston. I sincerely feel lucky to have crossed paths with him and been able to spend time hearing his story.
Academic Marketing Services
Publisher of CareerFocus Magazine
Texas State Representative
Chapman High School
Head Football Coach, University of Oklahoma Sooners, National Champions
Head Football Coach University of South Florida
Four-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Discus: 1956, 1960, 1964, 1968
44th Governor of Arkansas
Safety Manager and head of 2009 Annual Safety Convention for Entergy Fossil Corporation Newark, AR
Advisor, ATO Fraternity Advisor
You are truly a special person and an inspiration to each of us who have had the opportunity to meet with you. Your spirit and accomplishments serve as standards which all K-Staters should strive to attain.
Kansas State University
Principal, Perry Unified School District
Vice President for Institutional Advancement Kansas State University
Chancellor, Alabama Dept. of Post Secondary Education
Texas Children's Hospital, Entertainment Chairman
President and CEO, Central Power and Light Co. Fortune 500
Dupont, Fortune 100
US Sales Business Development Advisor
Top Speech Coach, Author of "Getting Over Yourself"
Youth Ministries Director
Pastor Second Baptist Church
CEO Central States Indemnity Co. of Omaha
Author of "Personal Power" and "Awaken the Giant Within"
Academy Award Winning Film Director
Corpus Christi Caller Times
United Methodist Churches
You are a true warrior, and it was my honor to meet you. Your story shook and inspired. Your participation was just what we needed to get my team pumped up. Thank you for being part of a fantastic Sales Kickoff Meeting.
US Sales Manager
One of top 10 most profitable companies, Fortune 500 Magazine
President, Pratt Community College
Actor, producer, writer
National Director, Navy League of the U.S.
We want to thank you for your participation in our "Health Fair"
We want to wish you tremendous success as you share your testimonial with others and in all your competitions in sports and in life.
Special Events Coordinator, Easter Seals Society
Rockport Fulton School
Asheville Technical Community College,
God Bless you Kevin and keep the faith!" As every day your friend!
Wishing you many blessings in your ministries,
Glen Elder Evangelical Friends Church
Hour of Power
President, American Association of Community Colleges
May God Bless You and Your work and ministry.
Assistant Director of Religious Education
Assistant Coordinator for Student Activities & Services, Kansas State University
Prime Health & Fitness Magazine
Safety Manager Kansas Ethanol Corporation
Chairperson, Killen Safety Council
Founder of the Cooper Institute, Dallas, Texas – Known as "The Father of Aerobics"
Boy Scouts of America
Counselor, Sheffield High School
President, Seeker, The Ultimate All-Terrain Wheelchair
Max Muscle Magazine
Kansas State University Rodeo Coach
Southwestern Bell Directory Operations
2002 United Way Campaign
Thanks for being a great inspiration to our youth everywhere.
Managing Editor/Sports, USA Today
Dean of Workforce and Continuing Education,
Lamar State College Port Arthur
Vice President, Texas Association of College Technical Educators
Kansas Stater Magazine
Event Coordinator Del Mar College
Organizing Diamond, Amway National Convention
Principal Church of the Good
Church of the Good Shepherd Junior High Class
Director of Religious Education
Barton County Community College
Principal, Downs High School
TAHPERD Convention Manager
First Asian American to win Olympic Gold in 1948, 1952
Two-Time Olympic Pole Vault Gold Medalist
Executive Director, Workwell, Inc.
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Pastor Crystal Cathedral Ministries
Take a Closer Look
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