Monday Inspiration: Team Hoyt
During the Paralympics, we witness greatness in the face of diversity. The amazing lengths that athletes will go to compete is truly unbelievable. But for some people who suffer from disability, competing at sports seems an impossibility; not for Team Hoyt!
Rick Hoyt, born in 1962 to Dick and Judy, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy after a complication at birth. Although doctors urged the couple that Rick would not be able to live a 'normal' life, Dick and Judy raised him in as active and involved as possible. Although Rick could not walk or speak he was able to communicate with a computer which would speak for him - to his parents' surprise his first words were 'Go Bruins' - a cheer for the Boston ice hockey team!
Rick's love at sport didn't stop at watching; in 1977 Rick asked his dad if he could run in a 5 mile charity race for a lacrosse player who had been paralyzed in an accident. Since then Team Hoyt has taken on amazing feats:
- Over 1000 races, triathlons, marathons, duathlons - the 1000th race was the 2009 Boston Marathon, Dick was 68 years old and still pushing his son the whole way
- 6 Ironman competitions - Rick is towed in a boat behind Dick for the swim, they ride a custom 2 seater bike and then Dick pushes Rick in the running stage
- Biked and ran 3735 miles across the US in 45 days
These guys don't have a Paralympic medal for their achievements but we think they're amazing. Their story has inspired so many people with different disabilities and they truly are our Monday Inspiration.
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