In this episode, Dr. Natalie Phillips spends time talking with Lance Allred, the first deaf player in NBA history, international and online keynote speaker, TedX speaker, leadership consultant, visionary, motivator, and best-selling author.
Lance was born legally deaf, with 80% hearing loss, into a fringe polygamist commune in rural Montana, where he and his family lived until managing to escape when Lance was 13. With his characteristic courage and grit, he eventually overcame tremendous odds and obstacles to join the Cleveland Cavaliers, making the NBA at the age of 27.
"Perseverance is the ability to adapt." ~ Lance Allred
Lance founded Courage & Grit, a non-profit organization using sports, the arts, and motivational speaking to inspire overlooked and underserved youth, including: deaf/hearing impaired, First Nations, refugee, immigrant, inner-city, rural, low income and/or special needs, by giving them opportunities to attend sessions and camps facilitated and organized by world class athletes and artists at no charge. The goal is for these students to take what they’ve learned and in turn, help coach special or other-needs kids, engaging in environmental stewardship as a form of giving back and learning the power of service and gratitude, which are foundations for their future success as leaders in their own communities.
"Abundance is limitless. It is service to others. We must all continue to walk in a heart-centered way". ~ Lance Allred
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