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Roger Crawford      

Hall of Fame Athlete; First & Only US Professional Tennis Association Athlete with a Severe Disability

Roger Crawford is the first and only person to be a United States Professional Tennis Association athlete and play a Division I college sport with a severe disability. Today, he is a motivational speaker, author, and is still a certified tennis professional.

On center court, Sports Illustrated has recognized Crawford as “One of the most accomplished, physically challenged athletes in history!” He’s also the recipient of the ITA Achievement Award, presented by the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Now on center stage, Crawford is one of the most sought-after speakers in the world and has been inducted into the International Speaker Hall of Fame. He brings instant credibility and has the unique ability to connect with your audience. His message is authentic because he lives a “no excuses” mindset every day. Crawford’s presentations go beyond his inspirational story, focusing on helping your team break through self-imposed limitations and reach next-level success.

Crawford is also a best-selling author whose books have been translated into 17 languages. Roger’s newest 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, Crawford 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, he 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!

Crawford’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.

Speech Topics


Art of Being Exceptional

Most handicaps that prohibit us from reaching our potential are not seen, often they are self-imposed. These disabling limitations are frequently the negative beliefs held by an individual or an organization about their abilities and possibilities. This dynamic program provides the inspiration and strategies needed to blast through these perceived barriers with the strength of purpose, perspective, and perseverance. Audiences are equipped with a new tools and ways of thinking to unleash untapped possibility in your organization.

Playing From The Heart

Because we live in a rapidly changing world, rebounding from daily stress and setbacks is essential for balance, happiness and achievement. In this program, learn how to bounce back faster, stronger and wiser. You can triumph over tough times, harness your inner strength and view obstacles as opportunities.

  • Turn setbacks into comebacks

  • Learn secrets of resilient thinking and resilient leadership

  • Improve performance and move beyond your competitors

  • Handle constant change by maintaining your bounceability

How High Can You Bounce?

The biggest roadblock for most people is their perceptions of their own ability and limitations. This program exposes these barriers and helps individuals and organizations blast through them, using the extraordinary power of optimism and vision.

  • Turn adversity into victory

  • Ignite determination and ingenuity

  • Break through self-limiting thinking

  • Focus on your exceptional talents and abilities

  • Learn the power of a winning attitude

The Power of Possibility

Break through Self-Limited Thinking

Turn Adversity into Victory

Ignite Determination and Ingenuity

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