Rick Hoyt uses a wheelchair. That has not stopped him from living a very full and amazing life. He’s competed in the Boston Marathon 29 times and in Ironman Triathlons six times. He, along with his dad, Dick, have formed “Team Hoyt” and they have competed around the world doing marathons and triathlons. The Hoyts...read the rest
Rick Hoyt uses a wheelchair. That has not stopped him from living a very full and amazing life. He’s competed in the Boston Marathon 29 times and in Ironman Triathlons six times. He, along with his dad, Dick, have formed “Team Hoyt” and they have competed around the world doing marathons and triathlons.
The Hoyts have competed in over 1070 athletic events in the last 33 years. Dick, 71, is a retired Lt. Colonel, having served in the military for 35 years. Rick, 50, is a graduate of Boston University with a degree in Special Education.
Rick was born in 1962 as a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy and as a non-speaking person – but despite these disabilities, Rick’s mind and spirit have always been strong. His family supported his quest for independence and inclusion in community, sports, education and the workplace, culminating with his graduation from Boston University.
Dick travels the country doing corporate and community presentations, educating the public about disability awareness and promoting the Team Hoyt motto, “Yes You Can”. Through his presentation, Dick shares his lifelong commitment to changing attitudes and educating others on the world of disabilities. He and his family have seen an impact from their efforts in the area of public attitude toward people with disabilities.read less
Dick Hoyt in Media
“We could not have chosen a more impactful or appropriate speaker to kick off our company’s annual meeting this year. Dick, the message you conveyed about strength, perseverance and positive attitude resonated loudly with our team. Our company is in the business of helping patients and caregivers – your story brings both into the same…
- Brian J Straeb, President, ArjoHuntleigh, USA
Our company is always looking for unique ways to inspire and motivate our sales team. To give them a perspective on perseverance and challenging themselves. At our National Sales Meeting Dick presented to our group and the impact was overwhelming. His message on Team Hoyt and their success and how it translates to real life…
- Chad Waddell, United Therapeutics