Everyday Hero – Sourena Vasseghi

1 09 2009

Summary: Sourena Vasseghi was born with Cerebral Palsy and has been confined to a wheelchair, but that doesn’t stop him from delivering motivating speeches and being an inspiration to the USC football team.  He is the author of the award winning and critically acclaimed book entitled “Love Your Life and It Will Love You Back”.  He graduated from USC with a degree in marketing and has been a regular visitor to USC games and practices.

My turn: It is great to see Pete Carroll and the rest of the Trojans using Sourena as a source of inspiration and allowing him to share his gifts with the team.  This is just another example of how people can overcome setbacks and live a fulfilling life.

Your turn: Any thoughts on this story?

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Everyday Hero – A Fisherman’s Tale

7 08 2009

Summary: If you have not heard the story of Clay Dyer before, you need to.  For reasons doctors cannot explain, Clay was born without his legs or left arm and has only an appendage for a right arm.  But that does not stop him from doing what he loves to do – fish.  He refuses to use any special equipment because he wants to do what everyone else does, the way they do it, and does not want to be treated differently.

My turn: I am a fisherman myself and I understand how difficult it can be to tie your line, change lures, and unhook a fish.  Clay goes out there and does this with only one appendage and has to use his tongue and teeth to bait his hook and do what I do with two perfectly working hands.  I love this story because it shows someone who does what they love no matter what the circumstances!

Your turn: Do you have a similar story to share?  If so, let me know!  What do you think of this story?  Any opinions?

Want to learn more about Clay?  Visit his site:

http://www.smgoutdoors.com/claydyer.html





Everyday Hero – The Sound Of Opportunity

8 07 2009

Summary: Patrick Henry Hughes is a remarkable young man who was born without eyes and without the ability to fully straighten his arms and legs, making him unable to walk.  Additionally, two steel rods were surgically attached to Patrick’s spine to correct scoliosis.

Despite circumstances that seem overwhelming to you and me, Patrick has overcome these physical issues to excel as a musician and student.  Patrick started playing the piano at the age of only nine months, and also plays the trumpet and sings.  He even participates in the University of Louisville School of Music Marching and Pep Bands with help from his father (Patrick John Hughes), who tirelessly maneuvers his wheel chair through the formations with the other 220+ members of the Cardinal marching Band.  Patrick is usually a straight ‘A” student, having received only 6 ‘B’s’ during his entire educational experience – up to and including his junior year of college (3.9 GPA).

A virtuoso pianist, vocalist, and trumpet player, Patrick has won or finished very high in numerous competitions, as well as winning awards acknowledging the circumstances he has overcome to achieve these heights.  He has been featured on ESPN, ABC-TV, Oprah, CBS-TV, The Ellen Show, Extreme Make Over Home Edition, FOX-TV, CSTV, NBC-TV, Sports Illustrated, and more.  His first book, I AM POTENTIAL, is published and available around the world.  Patrick has made appearances from California to Chicago to New York and Miami and countless points in between, even performing in Canada, South America, and Europe.

My turn: I loved hearing this story and was truly inspired  by Patrick and his gift.  Not only does he have incredible abilities, but he is determined not to let his situation set him back.  I also give a lot of credit to his father who works extremely hard to provide Patrick with the eyes and legs he needs to participate in the marching band.  This is not only a story about Patrick but about a father’s love for his son.

Your turn: What inspires you the most about this story?  Do you think that you would have the determination to proceed towards your dream even if you were wheelchair bound and did not have the ability to see or would you give up?

Want to learn more about Patrick?  Visit his website: http://www.patrickhenryhughes.com/ or buy his book: http://www.iampotentialbook.com/

straighten his arms and legs, making him unable to walk.  Additionally, two steel rods were
surgically attached to Patrick’s spine to correct scoliosis.
Despite circumstances that seem overwhelming to you and me, Patrick has overcome these
physical issues to excel as a musician and student. Patrick started playing the piano at the age of
only nine months, and also plays the trumpet and sings. He even participates in the University of
Louisville School of Music Marching and Pep Bands with help from his father (Patrick John Hughes),
who tirelessly maneuvers his wheel chair through the formations with the other 220+ members of the
Cardinal Marching Band. Patrick is usually a straight ‘A’ student, having received only 6 ‘B’s’ during
his entire educational experience – up to and including his junior year of college (3.9 gpa).
A virtuoso pianist, vocalist and trumpet player, Patrick has won or finished very high in
numerous competitions, as well as winning awards acknowledging the circumstances he has
overcome to achieve these heights.  He has been featured on ESPN, ABC-TV, Oprah, CBS-TV, The
Ellen Show, Extreme Make Over Home Edition, FOX-TV, CSTV, NBC-TV, Million Dollar Round Table,
The Grand Ole Opry, People Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Star Magazine, and many, many others.
His first book, I AM POTENTIAL, is published and available around the country/world.
Patrick has made appearances from California to Chicago to New York and Miami and
countless points in between, even performing in Canada, South America and Europ




Everyday Hero – Ultimate Sportsmanship

25 06 2009

Summary: Western Oregon softball player Sara Tucholsky hit her first career HR (and her last), but only because of some help from her opponents.  After the hit, she initially missed stepping on first base from the excitement and when she turned to head back to it, she tore her ACL.  That is when two players on the opposing team decided to pick her up, carry her around the bases (dropping her low enough to touch each one as they passed it), and allow Sara to add a HR to her record.

My turn: This is a truly inspiring story and probably the best example of sportsmanship that I have ever seen!  Would I have done the same thing if I were on the opposing team?  It is hard to say, but I sure hope so.  Too many times we are more focused on winning than we are with good sportsmanship.

Your turn: Is women’s softball the only place something like this would happen?  Do you think this would happen in a MLB game or even in a Division I college game?  Would you have carried her around the bases?