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Home & School Association Welcomes Kyle Maynard
September 26th, 2012

On Friday, September 21, the St. Pius X Home and School Association welcomed nationally acclaimed motivational speaker, author, entrepreneur, and athlete, Kyle Maynard to campus. A 2004 graduate of Collins Hill High School, Kyle was born with a condition called congenital amputation, meaning he was born with arms that end at his elbows and legs that end at his knees. Despite being born with this disability, Kyle has lived as normal of a life as possible.

At age 11, Kyle joined his school wrestling squad, where he struggled, losing over a year of matches. At the urging of his parents, he did not quit the team and continued pushing through; eventually persevering against odds the average person cannot even begin to understand. In 2004, Kyle received his first ESPY Award (given out annually by ESPN for sports excellence) as Best Male Athlete with a Disability for his success as a high school wrestler. A year later, Kyle was inducted in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Kyle penned the book No Excuses, where he says, “I believe God made me the way I am in order to show people that there is no amount of adversity that a single person cannot overcome if they trust in themselves and trust in the will of Jesus Christ.”

More recently, Kyle was featured in the news as being the first person to climb his way to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, becoming the first quadruple amputee to get to the top without assistance. For his hard work and determination, he received his second ESPY Award for Best Male Athlete with a Disability. Kyle has been featured on Larry King Live, The Oprah Winfrey Show, 20/20, Good Morning America, and was recently the subject of an ESPN documentary for his amazing story and his work helping wounded warriors.

The students enjoyed listening to Kyle’s story, many staying after the presentation for over an hour to shake Kyle’s hand, meet him, and have their photo taken with him. If you are interested in learning more about Kyle’s story, or purchasing his book, please click here.

Many thanks to the 2012-2013 Home and School Programs and Assemblies Committee, led by Maria Zyla. Members include Sharon Adams, Karen Pagoaga, Janet Harrell, and Michelle Pittman.

To view photos from the presentation, please click here.

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