Keynote speaker Mike Schlappi has an inspiring message for every American, young or old: "Just because you can’t stand up, doesn’t mean you can’t stand out.” As president of Mike Schlappi Communications, and confined to a wheelchair, he is spreading that word to audiences ranging from students to chief executive officers, from rookies to Olympic champions, and from small gatherings to major conventions.
At the age of 14, Schlappi was student body president, had been awarded his Eagle Scout and had expectations of a career in sports as a top American athlete when he was involved in a tragic shooting accident. Doctors told him he would never walk again, but after months of rigorous therapy, he began playing basketball from his wheelchair and went on to become an athletic standout.
Schlappi is a four-time Paralympic Medalist and two-time World Champion in Wheelchair Basketball. The only wheelchair basketball player in the United States to be on four consecutive summer Paralympic teams, Schlappi was honored by the state of Utah in 2000 as one of its Top 50 athletes of the past century. He served on the board of trustees that managed the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake. He is the founder and director of the Wheelchair Sports Foundation, a non-profit organization that serves disabled athletes. Schlappi has recently been inducted into the Wheelchair Basketball Hall of Fame.
Hoping to inspire others through his experiences, Schlappi hung up his sneakers and transitioned from the sports arena to the speaking platform. His engaging presentations have entertained and inspired thousands of audiences worldwide. Schlappi’s thought-provoking story challenges individuals to succeed despite difficult circumstances by empowering themselves and accepting personal responsibility. He received his CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) from the National Speakers Association in 2003.
Off the basketball court, Schlappi graduated with a master’s degree in Business Administration and Healthcare from Arizona State University, and on a leadership scholarship, earned an undergraduate degree in Finance from Brigham Young University. His personal experiences with nurses, doctors and therapists not only saved his life, but also pointed him to a career in healthcare as the Director of Rehabilitation for Intermountain Healthcare. Schlappi is also a writer and author of three popular inspirational books which draw heavily on his own experiences and the challenges he’s overcome.
He has won numerous honors including the American Medical Association’s Special People Award, The Sporting Goods Manufacturer of America’s Heroes Award and the Golden Key Athlete of the Year Award.
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ADA, Attitude, Self-image/esteem, Motivation, Sports, Change
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"Mike was AWESOME! He connected with the entire audience of approximately 900 agents and staff. He made this meeting one of the best we have had. To say that I and my fellow executives are pleased is really an understatement. I gave your contact details to the president of our sister company in Jamaica who was in the audience and would want to use him for one of their meetings in the future."
- Guardian Life of the Caribbean, Ltd
"Mike’s presentation was great. Everyone talked about it for days after. He has a very powerful message and it definitely made an impact. - Microbac Laboratories
"You did a super job! Thank you for spending the day with us and lightening up the room! The nurses got a very good laugh and you even had the docs laughing too, no easy task! " - PeaceHealth Oregon West Network
"Mike’s presentation was incredible. One of the best keynote speakers we’ve had in a long time. I heard the same comment from numerous people in attendance." - Associated Food Stores
"Mike - You “hit it out of the park”!!!!!! Our group continues to talk about you and your message. Thank you for making our event more meaningful through sharing your story and perspective." - Retailer Owned Food Distributor's & Associates (ROFDA)
"It was our honor to have Mike speak to our group. They all were touched and inspired by him and his story. He is truly an amazing man!!" - Honeywell Security