Kevin Saunders, Motivational Speaker

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With more than 5,000 speeches under his belt – including more than 1,000 to schools – Kevin Saunders is perhaps one of the most well-traveled professional speakers working today. Kevin speaks on topics including Peak Performance and Health & Fitness, as well as Workplace Safety. 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 Champion

USA Olympic Team & PCPFS Seals

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.

Top 100 Motivational Speakers in the USA: Saunders, Trump, Couric

In 1995, Saunders was named a Top 100 Motivational Speaker, alongside notable people Donald Trump and Katie Couric.

Extreme Motivator

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 Saunders, Motivational Speaker
Kevin Saunders in multiple ways is a symbol of our students, with his indomitable will, his international achievement, and his continuing, positive influence on young and old alike. Kevin has turned adversity into challenge, setbacks into achievement, and innate ability into excellence. But he has taken his crusade one important step further: He has used his own experience and self-awareness to help the most vulnerable among us to dare to dream again.
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