Before Roger Crawford inspired others as a bestselling author and Hall of Fame speaker on Center Stage, he achieved phenomenal success on Center Court—despite a physical challenge. Although born with ectrodactylism, a rare birth defect, Roger not only became the only athlete with four impaired limbs to compete in a NCAA Division I sport, he also became a Hall of Fame Division I athlete. His compelling story of how he became a tennis champion communicates and demonstrates the power of an “I Can!” attitude to redefine the possible!
Sports Illustrated has recognized Roger as “one of the most accomplished physically challenged athletes in the world,” and in 2013 he was selected as the winner of the ITA Achievement Award, presented by The International Tennis Hall of Fame. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
After achieving immense success as a Hall of Fame athlete, Roger went on to inspire audiences worldwide, eloquently sharing the principles he has lived—perseverance, unshakable optimism, and overcoming adversity. His remarkable life story is a powerful example that “Challenges are inevitable, defeat is optional!”
Roger has been inducted into the National Speakers Association Hall of Fame in recognition of his highly successful speaking career spanning two decades. As a member of the Hall of Fame for People with Disabilities, he shares this prestigious distinction with fellow honorees such as Christopher Reeves, Helen Keller and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Roger has been featured on Larry King Live, Good Morning America, CNBC, and many other prominent television programs. His life was the basis for an Emmy award winning movie entitled In a New Light. The print media has also acknowledged his amazing accomplishments and profiled him in publications such as, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Men’s Fitness, Fast Company, and Tennis Magazine. You may have read about Roger’s football exploits in the original Chicken Soup for the Soul.
Roger is a bestselling author whose books have been translated into seventeen different languages. His book, "Think Again! Discover the Possibilities in Plain Sight," helps readers tap into their creative potential and reach new heights of inspiration and performance.
- The Power of a Winning Mindset! (Change Your Mindset. Change Your Results.)
- Leading To Win! (Inspiring Others to Move Beyond Acceptable to Achieve the Exceptional.)
- Winning Through Change! (How to See Change as an Opportunity.)
Motivation, Attitude, Sports, Team Building, Performance, Success
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