Paralympic medalist comes to SC

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Standout wheelchair athlete and motivational speaker Mike Schlappi will be the guest speaker at the Annual Parents' Night Out at Sioux Central Schools in Sioux Rapids, Thursday, October 20th, 6:30 p.m.

The public is invited for the presentation, "If You Can't Stand Up, Stand Out."

There will also be displays of student art and the Sioux Central fitness center will be open to visitors.

Mike Schlappi has an inspiring message for young and old.

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 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 has authored two books and 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.

Mike and his wife, Tami, reside in Draper, Utah and are "the stressed parents of five kids!"

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. His thought-provoking story challenges individuals to succeed despite difficult circumstances by empowering themselves and accepting personal responsibility.

As president of Mike Schlappi Communications, he works with audiences from students to corporate CEOs, and athletes from rookies to Olympic champions.

Following the keynote speaker, break-out sessions for parents will include topics such as: Nutrition - the new food pyramid guide; Power School - information on school website and student data system at school; and Alcohol - use among teens. Child care will be provided. For questions, contact Jennifer Sammons at the school - 712-283-2571.