Kyle Maynard suffers from a congenital defect that robbed him of arms from below the elbows and his legs from below the knees. But this hasn’t stopped him from becoming a winning high school wrestler, weightlifter, gifted student – and example to everyone who meets him. In this moving and eloquent presentation full of examples from his life, Maynard outlines how his “No Excuses” philosophy helps him meet the numerous challenges that confront him daily, showing audiences how they too can overcome the great challenges in their own lives – and succeed.
Born without all of his limbs, “Best Male Athlete with a Disability” Kyle Maynard made his dream of becoming a college wrestler come true, proving that no matter our limitations, we can achieve our goals.
Kyle Maynard personifies the phrase "no excuses." Born with a congenital defect that robbed him of his arms above the elbow and his legs below the knee, Maynard transformed himself into an accomplished athlete — and someone determined to triumph no matter what obstacles were in his path. Maynard’s accomplishments extend beyond the wrestling mat. With little more than just his shoulders, he can type fifty words per minute, eat and write without any adaptations. He drives a vehicle that has little modification. The owner of the No Excuses Athletics gym and the subject of the ESPN documentary A Fighting Chance, Maynard turned his limitations into opportunities for achievement and fully appreciates the challenges of being an entrepreneur. Maynard is a two-time ESPY Award Winner for Best Male Athlete with a Disability. He won the award in 2004 and again in 2012 in recognition for his feat in climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Kenya. Maynard and a team reached the peak of Kilimanjaro, the tallest peak in Africa at more than 19,000 feet, becoming the first quadruple amputee to get to the top without assistance. Now he excites and moves audiences by showing them how they can too can meet and conquer life’s challenges. The author of the New York Times best seller No Excuses, Maynard’s been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live and Good Morning America. He demonstrates that no matter what the circumstances, with the right attitude you WILL succeed.