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.
44th Governor of Arkansas
44th Governor of Arkansas
Barton County Community College
Top Speech Coach, Author of "Getting Over Yourself"
Director NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, Alabama
Chapman High School
Texas Children's Hospital, Entertainment Chairman
United Methodist Churches
Director of Religious Education
Rockport Fulton School
2002 United Way Campaign
National Director, Navy League of the U.S.
Actor, producer, writer
Prime Health & Fitness Magazine
Counselor, Sheffield High School
Executive Project Manager, Jacobs
Advisor, ATO Fraternity Advisor
Head Football Coach, Kansas State University, Orchestrated the biggest turnaround in college football history
Chairperson, Killen Safety Council
Head Football Coach, University of Oklahoma Sooners, National Champions
Head Football Coach, University of Texas, National Champions
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
Youth Ministries Director
Chancellor, Alabama Dept. of Post Secondary Education
Inspiration behind the TRI Pictures movie, "Rudy"
Academy Award Winning Film Director
Pastor Second Baptist Church
Safety Manager Kansas Ethanol Corporation
Southwestern Bell Directory Operations
Vice President for Institutional Advancement Kansas State University
Kansas Stater Magazine
Assistant Superintendent, Houston School District
Corpus Christi Caller Times
Founder of the Cooper Institute, Dallas, Texas – Known as "The Father of Aerobics"
Safety Manager and head of 2009 Annual Safety Convention for Entergy Fossil Corporation Newark, AR
Event Coordinator Del Mar College
Kansas State University Rodeo Coach
State Farm Ins. Co. Lincoln, NE
Four-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Discus: 1956, 1960, 1964, 1968
May God Bless You and Your work and ministry.
Assistant Director of Religious Education
Author of "Personal Power" and "Awaken the Giant Within"
Dupont, Fortune 100
Head Football Coach University of South Florida
President, American Association of Community Colleges
Industrial Lubricants Sales Engineer
Boy Scouts of America
TAHPERD Convention Manager
Texas State Representative
Max Muscle Magazine
Principal, Downs High School
National Fitness Teacher of the Year
Hour of Power
Special Events Coordinator, Easter Seals Society
Church of the Good Shepherd Junior High Class
Two-Time Olympic Pole Vault Gold Medalist
President Del Mar College
Organizing Diamond, Amway National Convention
Head Strength & Conditioning Coach, San Antonio Spurs
Author of "Never Fear, Never Quit!"
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
Pastor Crystal Cathedral Ministries
Executive Coordinator, Par
President, Pratt Community College
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Principal Church of the Good
Principal, Perry Unified School District
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.
Thanks for being a great inspiration to our youth everywhere.
Managing Editor/Sports, USA Today
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
Emeritus Director, Team Physician, Oklahoma State University
Legendary Head Coach, Football University of Nebraska, Untied States Congressman, Nebraska, Current Athletic Director at the University of Nebraska to present.
Assistant Coordinator for Student Activities & Services, Kansas State University
Executive Director, Workwell, Inc.
Asheville Technical Community College,
CEO Central States Indemnity Co. of Omaha
Glen Elder Evangelical Friends Church
God Bless you Kevin and keep the faith!" As every day your friend!
US Sales Business Development Advisor
President and CEO, Central Power and Light Co. Fortune 500
President, Seeker, The Ultimate All-Terrain Wheelchair
Dean of Workforce and Continuing Education,
Lamar State College Port Arthur
Vice President, Texas Association of College Technical Educators
First Asian American to win Olympic Gold in 1948, 1952
Wishing you many blessings in your ministries,