From Amputee to All-State

Within months of losing both of his hands, Brad rejoined his high school football team. Within a year-and-a-half, Brad regained his starting linebacker position, led his team in tackles, and earned First-Team All-Ohio honors.

How was Brad able to quickly overcome such a devastating obstacle? Even more, to navigate a loss into a win by going from amputee to all-state?

The Message

Brad’s message is centered around an influential story that took place between himself and his football coach. Brad would often rely on others to pick up a water bottle when he was thirsty. At the end of practice, Brad asked his coach for a drink. Instead of picking up the bottle, his coach said something that would ultimately change Brad’s life. He said, “If you’re thirsty enough, you’ll Find A Way.”

That day Brad successfully got a drink and that challenge became the catalyst in learning what it takes to overcome. Brad would soon learn a powerful strategy that enabled him to move past his fears and reach his goals. He now shows students how to do the same.

Brad’s story has commanded national attention. He has been featured by media outlets including ESPN and The New York Times.  Most recently, he was featured as a TEDx speaker. Now Brad travels the country sharing his message of Find A Way.

Read the full ESPN article on Brad's amazing story.

Brad Hurtig

Hilliard, OH 43026

Phone: 513.675.9089

Stand your ground.  Don't back down.

What does it mean to stand your ground? People today are
constantly making commitments and breaking them.  Look at
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the list of unfulfilled promises goes on.  It it even possible to
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Stand your ground,  Don't back down.

Joel Penton says, "Yes it is possible" - he knows from
experience.  Like most of your students, Joel was put into
situations in middle school and high school where it would
have been easy to compromise and break his commitments.
However, he chose to rise above the pressure and keep the
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Stand your ground.  Don't back down.

Joe will say that it takes character, it takes will, and the road
will be hard.  But his personal experience is proof that ordinary
people can accomplish great things by simply following through
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Don't back down.  Stand your ground.