Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Team Hoyt’s Last Run

Dick Hoyt and his son, Rick Hoyt, are the father-son duo that make up "Team Hoyt.” Together they have competed in over 1075 athletic events in the last 33 years. With Dick pushing Rick in his wheelchair, they have competed in the Boston Marathon 31 times and in six Ironman Triathlons. In 2013, a statue of the Hoyts in front of Center School in Hopkinton, right by the start line of the Boston Marathon, was unveiled. 

Dick, 73, is a retired Lt. Colonel, having served in the military for 35 years. Rick, 51, is a graduate of Boston University with a degree in Special Education. Rick was born in 1962 as a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy and as a non-speaking person – but despite these disabilities, Rick's mind and spirit have always been strong. In an interview with WBUR, Rick expressed his ideas using a recording of a computerized voice, saying, “Many people have asked me what I would do if I weren’t disabled. I have thought long and hard about what I would do if I weren’t in a wheelchair. Maybe I would play hockey, basketball or baseball. But then I thought about it some more and realized that what I would probably do first is tell my dad to sit down in the wheelchair, and now I would push him.” 

Dick Hoyt travels the country doing corporate and community presentations, educating the public about disability awareness and promoting the Team Hoyt motto, "Yes You Can." Through his presentation, Dick shares his lifelong commitment to changing attitudes and educating others on the world of disabilities. He and his family have seen an impact from their efforts in the area of public attitude toward people with disabilities. 

April 21st will be Team Hoyt’s 32nd consecutive Boston Marathon race, as well as their last oneIn an interview with CBS Boston, Rick Hoyt said, “Last year, we did not go across the finish line, we were stopped at the 25-mile marker. But we will be out there, we will get across it this year, it’s going to be very emotional.” Rick still has plans to participate in future Boston Marathons with other members of Team Hoyt pushing him forward. Dick still plans to run about 20 smaller races a year with Rick in the future.
No matter what they accomplish in the years to come, we know one thing’s for sure: they’ve had a great run.  

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

National Autism Awareness Month

In honor of National Autism Awareness Month, AEI is profiling speakers that are perfect for raising autism awareness at your next April event. Each of these speakers has a strong connection to autism and heartwarming stories to share:

Dr. Temple Grandin: Dr. Grandin is a speaker who inspires and motivates others through telling her story. She is the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world. Now her challenges and successes have been brought to the screen with the HBO full-length film Temple Grandin, starring Claire Danes. Dr. Grandin has been featured on NPR and major television programs, including ABC's Primetime Live, The Today Show, 48 Hours, and 20/20, and has been written about in many national publications, including Time, People, Forbes, and The New York Times.

Dr. Grandin's current bestselling book on autism is The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger's.


Holly Robinson Peete: Actress, author, talk show host, activist and philanthropist, Holly Robinson Peete has had an acting career that has led her to becoming a voice for her father, son and community. In 1996, Robinson Peete and her husband, former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete, formed the HollyRod Foundation, inspired by her father's courageous battle with Parkinson's disease, with the mission to help improve the quality of life of people with Parkinson's. Then in 2005, inspired by their oldest son's autism diagnosis, HollyRod Foundation's mission expanded to provide access to treatment, support and other resources to disenfranchised families affected by autism.

In 2010, Robinson Peete released her second book, an Image award winning children's picture book about autism from the sibling’s perspective, co-authored by her daughter, 12-year-old Elizabeth Peete, entitled MyBrother Charlie (Scholastic).

Coach Jim Johnson: High school basketball coach, and motivational speaker Jim Johnson tells the inspiring story of helping an autistic player on his team make his dreams come true. Their story is being made into a major motion picture by Columbia Pictures. Johnson's inspirational talks about the power of the human spirit have influenced audiences nationwide. He has been featured on Oprah, and been invited to meet with Former President George W. Bush, and Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

In 2011 Johnson released a book entitled A Coach and a Miracle: Life Lessons From a Man Who Believed in an Autistic Boy.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Jerry Carroll is Amazing in America

We here at AEI are very proud to announce that our speaker Jerry Carroll will be co-hosting a new show called Amazing America with Sarah Palin!

The Sportsman Channel website describes the show, saying, "Sarah Palin, the First Lady of the Outdoors, tells the stories of an America you may not know. From risk-takers to legacy-makers, trailblazers to lifesavers, see what makes America amazing!"

Carroll, the funniest farmer in all 50 states, is the perfect fit to tell new and interesting stories about America. His comedy, dreamed up on a tractor, is famous for its relatability, and focus on everyday life. When he isn't on the road, Carroll still works on the fields of his family's farm. It doesn't get any more American that that!

The show will air on the Sportsman Channel, premiering Thursday, April 3, at 8:00pm.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

This Spring in Sports

This month AEI Speakers Bureau is getting all riled up for sports

With the Paralympics in Sochi finally coming to a close, we’re back to scoping out the good ol’ US of A for more upcoming sports. 


The annual NCAA March Madness tournament started last week, with college students from all over the country getting ready to score some points. If any of you have basketball on the brain like we do, you should consider checking out some of AEI’s veteran NBA speakers for your next event, ranging from NBA All-Stars Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson, Orlando Magic’s Senior VP Pat Williams, Miami Heat President and Head Coach Pat Riley, or even President of Basketball Operations for the Detroit Pistons, Joe Dumars! 

The NFL is also gearing up for next season with their free agency picks currently underway. The New England Patriots have agreed to a one-year deal with free-agent Darrelle Revis, and have re-signed Tight End Michael Hoomanawanui and Wide Receiver Brandon LaFell. For anyone who can’t stop thinking about the NFL and what’s to come in the next season, might we suggest booking one of our AEI speakers from the NFL for your next event? We’re talking former NFL quarterbacks Joe Montana and Archie Manning, Super Bowl Champion Michael Strahan, NFL coach Don Shula, and Heisman Trophy Winner Doug Flutie


Last and most exciting of all is MLB preseason’s spring training with Boston’s very own 2013 World Series Champions, the Red Sox! For anyone counting down ‘til Opening Day, AEI Speakers Bureau has the perfect MLB speakers for your next engagement, ranging from Red Sox Hall of Famer, Rico Petrocelli, former Reds manager Pete Rose, MLB Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith, and soon-to-be MLB Hall of Famer this July, Joe Torre

Hopefully like all of us here at AEI Speakers Bureau, you’ll spend this spring talking sports too!  

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