Kevin Saunders – Paralympian, World Champion Wheelchair Athlete and Motivational Coach to Speak to USF Bulls Football Team June 23, 2009

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Kevin Saunders a motivational coach and inspirational speaker will be speaking to the University of Southern Florida Bulls football team about overcoming adversity and breaking barriers and transcending limitations on Tuesday evening June 23, 2009. Kevin Saunders will share his personal story of Tragedy to Triumph and help inspire the players to the display their courage by sacrificing more, working harder and smarter than anyone else, to overcome life's adversities by making the right choices and never giving up regardless of obstacles you face. Kevin Saunders and Head Coach Jim Leavitt both agree that; "There's NO SHORTCUT to SUCCESS – but GOOD OLD-FASHIONED HARD WORK!"

Kevin Saunders a motivational coach and inspirational speaker will be speaking to the University of Southern Florida Bulls football team about overcoming adversity and breaking barriers and transcending limitations on Tuesday evening June 23, 2009. Kevin Saunders will share his personal story of Tragedy to Triumph and help inspire the players to the display their courage by sacrificing more, working harder and smarter than anyone else, to overcome life's adversities by making the right choices and never giving up regardless of obstacles you face. Kevin Saunders and Head Coach Jim Leavitt both agree that; "There's NO SHORTCUT to SUCCESS – but GOOD OLD-FASHIONED HARD WORK!"

Head Coach Jim Leavitt and Kevin Saunders met while working with the Kansas State football team and Head Coach Bill Snyder from 1991 to 1995 in what was later referred to as the greatest turnaround in college football history. Coach Leavitt was the co-defensive coordinator at Kansas State and Kevin Saunders was the motivation coach for the team.

In 1996 Coach Leavitt returned to his roots in Tampa, Florida to start the USF football team from scratch. Leavitt is the alpha and omega of USF football. He is the only coach the school has ever had as he was presented the job on December 12, 1995. He then went about starting football from scratch and leading the program from an inaugural season in 1997 to I-A status in 2001, Conference USA in 2003 and now the BIG EAST and BCS football in 2005.

After the first 11 seasons of USF Football, Leavitt has proven only further that he was indeed the right man for the right job at the right time. Charged with fast tracking a program from non-existence to Division I-A football in just five years time, Leavitt has led the program to an impressive 79-47 record. A mega-success in the first four years at the I-AA level (24 straight weeks in national polls), Leavitt and crew moved to I-A in 2001 and went 8-3, including a 35-26 win at Pittsburgh.

When Coach Leavitt heard that Kevin Saunders was moving his speaking more towards football teams his immediate response was when can I get you down here to speak to the team? Kevin was excited to see his old friend again and speak to his team that Saunders believes has tremendous potential this year. Kevin knows about success by learning the hard way.

Kevin's incredible journey of survival and triumph began when he was paralyzed by a grain elevator explosion as a young man. Though the doctor told him there was no hope, against all odds he survived. Paralyzed from the chest down, he struggled to find a new meaning and focus for his life. Abused and abandoned by his young wife, his life fell into disarray. Divorced, bankrupt, and utterly alone, Kevin fell into a deep depression.

Show co-host Sheryl Dawson shared, "Rather than remain miserable, Kevin sharpened his body and mind to become a world class athletic competitor. Now he teaches his audiences around the world to move forward in spite of whatever challenge they may face."

Kevin Saunders has received more than 100 commendations, proclamations and awards for his work to improve health and fitness, education & Sports in America and around the world. Kevin has raced in over 700 races around the world winning hundreds of medals. He is the author of several books including "There's Always a Way," "Mission Possible," "Conversations in Health" and just recently released "Blueprint for Success." He's inspired more than 5,000 groups including more than 1,000 schools around the world.

In a recent interview May 18, 2009 on VOICEAMERICA RADIO – Total Career Success the Co-host of the show Ken Dawson added, "If you want to be inspired, listen to the wisdom of Kevin Saunders. Kevin has an incredible story of turning agony into ecstasy, as the saying goes! His nonstop energy and genuine enthusiasm are contagious. Learn the secrets of overcoming obstacles and using your life's battles to become a winner."

Kevin Saunders: Health, Fitness and Sports Advocate; Motivational Coach, Author and Inspirational Speaker

In 1989 Kevin Saunders worked alongside Tom Cruise and Oliver Stone as a principal actor to feature in the major studio release "Born on the Fourth of July" an Academy award winning movie directed by Oliver Stone.

From 1991 to 2005 Kevin Saunders worked with Head Coach, Bill Snyder and the Kansas State University Football team where he served as the inspirational / motivational coach during what was to become known as the "Greatest turnaround in college football history." In 1993 at Kansas State University football Head Coach, Bill Snyder created the "Kevin Saunders Never Give Up Award" a team award given to the player who displayed the most courage, determination, dedication and perseverance in the pursuit of team goals.

Kevin was the first person with a disability appointed to the President's Council on Physical Fitness & Sports by President George H. W. Bush--and was the only member retained and reappointed by President Clinton. More recently, Kevin pushed his wheelchair over 2,500 miles across America promoting health and fitness. Later, he wheeled himself through portions of five countries in Europe serving as an International Ambassador for Health and Fitness encouraging active lifestyles.

Kevin received his BS in Agriculture from Kansas State University. After his accident, Kevin attended Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas where he earned and an Associate's Degree in Kinesiology and acting. In 2000 Del Mar College selected Kevin to their Wall of Honor as an outstanding Alumnus. In 2000 Kevin was invited to Washington, D.C. and presented the Outstanding Alumni award from the America Association of Community Colleges.

For more information, visit http://www.KevinSaunders.com

Contact Stephen or Dora at Saunders & Associates at the website above. Kevin is speaking more to colleges and professional sports teams and sharing his story of "Tragedy to Triumph" and how by apply the keys to success that they can break barriers, transcend limitations and make their dreams come true.

See about booking Kevin to help your group, corporation, business, team, college or school and have Kevin motivate and inspire them to reach and surpass their goals on their journey to success.

NEVER GIVE UP! - These three simple words transformed Kevin Saunders' life, transforming him from a broken man into a world champion athlete and global authority on overcoming adversity, motivation, inspiration, education, fitness and sports - and they can do the same for you and your audience or team.

Take a look at the pages on Kevin's website at http://www.KevinSaunders.com, you'll find everything you need to know about one of America's premiere motivational coaches and inspirational speakers, including the details of his painful struggle, his fight to come out on top, and the single idea that has propelled him to greatness. Like Kevin says; "Pain builds courage! You can't be strong, brave successful and a winner if only good things happen to you. You have to go through the tough times and obstacles to find out what you're really capable of."

Along the way, you'll also see how he can inspire your group to new heights, just like he has thousands of others. Let him help you bring out the champion that lies within us all with his motivational and inspirational presentations.

Contact Information
Stephen or Dora
Saunders & Associates
http://www.KevinSaunders.com
713 686 0077

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