How does someone become a NCAA Division One Hall of Fame Athlete, despite the apparent disadvantage of four impaired limbs? The answer has inspired over three thousand audiences worldwide.
Sports Illustrated has recognized Roger Crawford as… “One of the most accomplished physically challenged athletes in the world!” Roger discovered not only how to compete, but how to win against able-bodied athletes! In recognition of his extraordinary athletic achievements, Roger is the recipient of the prestigious ITA Achievement Award, presented by the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Roger’s success achieved on Center Court led him to a career at Center Stage, as one of the most sought after speakers in the world. He has also been inducted into the International Speakers Hall of Fame. His presentations deliver powerful insights that inspire winning performances, going above and beyond a feel-good message.
You may have seen Roger Crawford interviewed on Good Morning America, CNBC, Monday Night Football, The Today Show, and many other prominent television programs.
The Tennis Channel produced a feature segment about Roger’s life as an athlete and professional speaker, which aired during the U.S. Open.
The print media has profiled Roger in publications such as Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Men’s Fitness, Fast Company, and Tennis Magazine.
An Emmy Award-winning NBC-TV movie entitled In a New Light was based upon Roger’s remarkable life story.
Roger Crawford is also a Best-Selling author whose books have been translated into 17 languages. Roger’s soon to be released book, Playing to Win – How to Decrease Excuses and Increase Results, will empower readers to adapt, transform and win – no matter the circumstances!
In addition to tennis, Roger also excelled on the football field. During one particular game, the crowd in the stadium witnessed something they will never forget. He recovered a fumble and was bolting for the end zone when an opponent pulled his artificial leg off! Undaunted, Roger hopped over the goal line for a touchdown! If that story sounds familiar you’ve likely read the very first book in the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series!
Roger’s most cherished award is having been inducted into the International Hall of Fame for People with Disabilities. He shares this honor with two of his lifelong heroes, Christopher Reeve and Helen Keller.
I was once asked, “What do you want written on your tombstone?” My initial thought was, “I’d rather be speaking!” Upon further review, my hope is that my life and work will provide inspiration to others. It is an unceasing privilege to have the opportunity of sharing my message with others and I cherish every audience.
I also cherish being a husband, father and “Pop Daddi” to our granddaughter. Off the court, my life is filled with wonderful friends, an amazing family and a career that I love. Would I trade all of that for seven fingers and a good leg? Not a chance!
Life is sweet, and may it be for you as well!