Overcoming Adversity

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Rohan Murphy, a Long Island native, entrepreneur, inspirational athlete, motivational speaker and double leg amputee, visited Robert Moses Middle School in the North Babylon School District to speak with the entire student body. Born with a congenital deformity of both legs, Mr. Murphy underwent a double amputation at age 4. During his visit, he told his story of courage, dedication, determination and overcoming adversity. He shared how a middle school physical education teacher changed his life forever by introducing him to the sport of wrestling.

“His message of motivation, anti-bullying and character education is truly inspiring,” said Assistant Principal Jeffery Raymond. “Any time we can have the kids hear him is a great opportunity.”

During his presentation, Mr. Murphy demonstrated a few of his wrestling moves, encouraged the students to chase their dreams and spoke about his life motto: no excuses. “Every single day in this world, ordinary people accomplish extraordinary things,” said Mr. Murphy. “That’s what I wanted for myself. I wanted to do something remarkable, amazing, extraordinary. Make no mistake about it – legs or no legs, I was going to succeed.”