CRPA Annual Conference Encourages Self Reflection with Keynote Travis Roy

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Speaker made possible through speaker scholarship from Landscape Structures Inc.

Landscape Structures Inc., a Delano, Minn.-based commercial playground manufacturer, along with its Connecticut playground consultant, M.E. O’Brien & Sons, Inc., is scheduled to exhibit at the Connecticut Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference & Tradeshow Nov. 19-20, at Mohegan Sun Casino. The conference will feature Travis Roy, a motivational speaker, author and activist, as the keynote and presenting speaker. This learning experience was made possible through the 2012-2013 State Association Speaker Scholarship program from Landscape Structures.

In his keynote address, Travis will recount his story of earning a hockey scholarship at Boston University (BU), only to have his life changed forever during first college hockey game as he crashed into the boards and cracked his 4th and 5th cervical vertebra, paralyzing him from the neck down. While coming to grips with his life as a quadriplegic, Travis returned to BU less than a year after his accident and graduated with a bachelor’s degree four years later. Since then, he’s written his autobiography with Sports Illustrated titled Eleven Seconds, which chronicles his accident, rehabilitation and perseverance through personal tragedy. Additionally, Travis founded the Travis Roy Foundation, which focuses on finding a cure for spinal cord injuries and provides grants to injury survivors. Travis will take the audience on a journey that will leave each person reflecting on their past, present and future, and help each individual recognize what is important in life.

The 60-minute session will be presented on Monday, Nov. 19, at 9 a.m. Following the session, delegates will have the opportunity to visit M.E. O’Brien & Sons and Landscape Structures in the exhibit hall to learn about the latest trends in playground design including custom and theme designs, concrete as a playground material and creating truly inclusive play environments.

About Landscape Structures Inc.
Since 1971, Landscape Structures Inc. has been the leading commercial playground equipment manufacturer in the world. The employee-owned company is committed to making the world a better place with active children thriving in leading communities year after year, generation after generation. Landscape Structures encourages outdoor play that develops healthy kids and a sustainable world by creating innovative products that are environmentally responsible. The company’s mission from day one has been to enhance children’s lives by fostering and creating inspiring play experiences while honoring the environment.

About O’Brien & Sons, Inc.
Family operated, O’Brien & Sons, Inc. is the leading supplier of outdoor recreation equipment in New England. The company provides product and consultation for items such as playground equipment, site furnishings, steel shelter/pavilions, bleachers, athletic equipment, water play splash pads and much more! Founded in 1929, O’Brien & Sons continues to provide customers with high-quality equipment at competitive prices and with the top-notch service they deserve. A third generation of the O’Brien family is now providing the same quality as prior leadership, and they strive to ensure that their name will be associated only with the finest manufacturers, and caring, courteous service to clients backed by undeviating integrity. O’Brien & Sons understands that the endurance of a company depends on how well it regards its customers. They require value, quality, responsiveness, courtesy and fairness. O’Brien & Son’s products and service reflect that fact.

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