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Roger Crawford, CPAE


Before Roger Crawford inspired others as a best-selling 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 best-selling author whose books have been translated into seventeen different languages. His most recent book, Think Again! Discover the Possibilities in Plain Sight, helps readers tap into their creative potential and reach new heights of inspiration and performance.

As an in-demand Hall of Fame speaker, Roger Crawford uses his remarkable journey and inspirational keynote speeches to empower audiences to redefine what is truly possible! His message has instant credibility because he has lived the power of "I Can." Roger's presentations can help create an "I Can" culture in your organization. Such a culture increases the level of performance individually, collectively and as a result, increases the bottom line.

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  • How High Can You Bounce: Capture the Possibilities of Change - Have you ever heard someone say, "I'll be a lot more optimistic when things get back to normal?" The truth is, what may have been successful yesterday may not be successful tomorrow. This powerful program explores the attitudes and actions needed to bounce forward, equipped to conquer change and triumph over trials. You'll discover how to bounce to new heights and achieve extraordinary results. With these proven success principles, it doesn't mean you won't get knocked down, but it does mean you won't get knocked out!

  • Playing from the Heart: Turn Adversity into Possibility! - 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 new tools and ways of thinking to unleash untapped possibility in your organization.

  • Think Again: Discover Possibilities Hidden in Plain Sight - What is the difference between those who realize great possibilities and others who achieve mediocrity? Is it a matter of time, natural talent, or years of training? In this groundbreaking keynote presentation, audiences discover their most powerful resource is not simply aptitude or ability, but their chosen attitude towards aptitude and ability that create possibilities. The most successful people and organizations think again or think differently from those less successful. Much too often, we believe we are incapable of making the necessary change in our thinking and therefore are unable to achieve the success we really desire. Everyone encounters circumstances that are uncontrollable and unchangeable, but we can learn to control and change our mindset. When you put the "Think Again!" skills into practice, your productivity increases, performance is enhanced and new possibilities emerge!
Think Again! How High Can You Bounce? Playing from the Heart
THINK AGAIN! Discover the Possibilities Hidden in Plain Sight How High Can You Bounce? Turn Setbacks Into Comebacks Playing from the Heart: A Portrait in Courage

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