Amputee speaker aims to motivate students

09/10/2013 2:00 PM |
ROHAN MURPHY COURTESY PHOTO | Rohan Murphy does pushups in the weight room at Penn State, where he wrestled from 2004 to 2006.

ROHAN MURPHY COURTESY PHOTO | Rohan Murphy does pushups in the weight room at Penn State, where he wrestled from 2004 to 2006.

American Paralympian Rohan Murphy will be a special guest speaker for students in grades seven through 12 at Mattituck Junior-Senior High School on Friday, Sept. 20.

Mr. Murphy was born with a disease that required both his legs to be amputated when he was four years old. His parents were told he would need 24-hour care for life.

Instead, he took up varsity wrestling while a student at East Islip High School and went to Penn State on a wrestling scholarship. He competed on the Penn State teams from 2004 to 2006 before becoming an accomplished powerlifter, winning a bronze medal in the 2006 Paralympics in Korea.

He has been featured on ABC News and in Sports Illustrated, and he recorded a commercial for the Nike “No Excuses” campaign.

He is now a motivational speaker making appearances at schools and civic groups across the country.

Check out his Nike commercial below:

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