LYNCHBURG – Internationally-renowned speaker Matt Glowacki will bring his unique message ‘Walking is Overrated’ to Motlow College students and the general public during a pair of presentations on Wednesday, Oct. 23.
Glowacki will share his ideas on disability, diversity, respect and success with audiences on the Moore County campus in Eoff Hall at 10:50 a.m. and at the Smyrna Center in Room STH-204 at 3 p.m.
“Walking is Overrated” is a humorous program that has been presented to over 500,000 students in 43 states during the past 15 years. Former President George W. Bush said, “After spending time with Matt and listening to his ideas, I can tell you he is truly a great American.”
Matt was born in 1973 in Janesville, Wisconsin. His birth drew attention because even though he was healthy, he was born without legs. From the very beginning, his parents made sure to provide him with every opportunity to participate in a normal life.
In his senior year of high school, Matt earned the rank of Eagle Scout, served as the Governor of the State of Wisconsin’s Key Club District, and managed his own business. He continued his education and community involvement at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication.
Matt resides in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin where he is active in many local organizations. He served on the State Easter Seals board of directors. He was chosen by the Governor of the State of Wisconsin to serve on the Governor’s Rehabilitation Council, which monitors and oversees the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation.
Over the past two decades Matt Glowacki has spoken to over 600,000 students and teachers nationwide. In spite of being born without legs, Matt has shared his messages about diversity and disability with two United States Presidents, has traveled to 26 countries as a member of the United States Sit Volleyball Paralympic team, owned and operated two successful businesses, and designed wheelchairs for athletes all over the world.
Matt also donates his time and efforts to The Confluence, a not-for-profit wheelchair sports foundation in St. Louis, MO. He serves as a coach, mentor, mechanic and friend to athletes of all ages. The program sponsors a variety of sporting endeavors including wheelchair basketball, tennis, wheelchair softball, and waterskiing.
For additional information about Matt, visit his website at www.mattglowacki.com. For additional information regarding Matt’s appearances at Motlow, contact Sonya Hood, director of disability and testing services, at 931-393-1765 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.