Traffic jams, bills, bad weather, and work are things everyone complains about, but not Kyle Maynard. A quadruple amputee since birth, he has excelled as a champion athlete, author, entrepreneur, and motivational speaker, and on Tuesday shared his incredible story with students at CJ.
Kyle was born with a condition known as congenital amputation, leaving him with no arms or legs. Despite his shortcomings, the 25-year-old has accomplished feats from conquering Mt. Kilimanjaro unassisted to stepping in the cage against a Mixed Martial Arts fighter. Today, he travels the world delivering his inspirational message to a wide range of audiences.
“We are very fortunate to have Kyle spend time with our students and teachers,” said Dan Meixner, CJ president. “His life and accomplishments provide an important message for all of us about persevering in the face of adversity, not accepting limitations, and discovering how God wants each of us to serve others.
“Kyle’s story is so compelling about the power of sports and the importance of faith, family, and friends, all of which fit so well within the Catholic educational experience at CJ. I am so grateful to our friends at McGohan Brabender for bringing Kyle to Dayton and making this great learning opportunity possible for our students.”
A 2004 ESPY award winner, Kyle has appeared as a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live, Good Morning America and on the front page of USA Today. He continues to inspire others as the author of No Excuses, his 2005 New York Times Best-Selling autobiography, and as owner of the No Excuses CrossFit training facility in Georgia.
As part of its service to the Dayton region, employee benefits broker McGohan Brabender is sponsoring Maynard’s visit to Dayton, where he will speak with students at Chaminade Julienne, West Carrollton High School, Dayton Schools, Alter High School and Kettering Alternative School. “When we meet someone as special as Kyle, it is a privilege to be able to share his message with people we care about,” said Pat McGohan, chairman of McGohan Brabender.
For more about Kyle, visit his Web site www.kyle-maynard.com.