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