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2007 Physically Challenged Endurance Athlete of the Year, Scott Rigsby, To Speak

 

“Maybe they can look at me and say, you know what? Life is tough, but if this guy can make it, then I can.”

 un·think·a·ble: 1. Impossible to imagine; inconceivable; 2. Contrary to what is plausible or probable; 3. Not to be thought of or considered; out of the question:

He was an 18 year old kid on a hot summer day just prior to his first college semester. Riding in the back of a pickup truck in rural Georgia with friends after a hard day of landscaping work. They were talking sports, girls and plans for the weekend, when suddenly the truck is hit by a passing 18- wheeler, throwing him underneath a 3-ton attached trailer and dragging him 300 feet. His back suffered third degree burns, his right leg was severed off and his left leg hung barely intact.

 

Over a decade of countless doctor visits and hospitals, 26 surgeries, additional amputation, depression, fear, and uncertainty, Rigsby had become a professional patient. An inevitable battle with prescription drug addiction followed, as did the loss of many relationships and trust. Life had hit Scott Rigsby hard, knocking him down and keeping him there.

“Do the Unthinkable” is the inspirational message that Scott Rigsby has shared with over 100,000 people through his book, speaking engagements, video sales and on the internet. It’s an amazing story about how he turned his life around, reaching unprecedented heights as a world-class athlete. Doing the unthinkable is not easy. It requires an unshakeable determination to overcome any obstacle. Rigsby embraced this motto when he decided in 2005 to change his life, and the world, by breaking down barriers for physically challenged athletes. He is on a mission fueled by a prayer that if God would open a door for him, then he would go through it.

Once that door opened more than 15 years after his accident, a relentless and determined Rigsby arose and never looked back. On October 13, 2007, after enduring the elements for 16 hours and 43 minutes, Scott Rigsby became the first double amputee in the world to finish the Hawaiian Ironman with prosthetics at the 140.6-mile Ford Ironman World Championship (FIWC) in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Rigsby used “swim legs” to navigate the difficult 2.4 mile ocean swim, “bike legs” to cycle 112 miles through the heat and gusting winds of the Big Island lava fields on a standard road bike, and “run legs” to complete the marathon segment in darkness and intense pain. On October 8th, 2011, Rigsby returned to challenge the FIWC again, but this time for a special purpose, to honor his commitment to personally raise funds to enable Wounded Warriors to reintegrate back into civilian life.

The “Do the Unthinkable” program is a dramatic presentation that engages the audience to embrace their own dreams, fears and challenges in comparison to the highs and lows of Scott’s life journey. With great passion, humor and drama, Rigsby shares his intimate thoughts and feelings of conquering the odds that ultimately defined his life and purpose. Through video, photos and interactive exercises, Rigsby delivers a powerful message that will motivate the audience and encourage them to take the necessary steps Rigsby took in overcoming obstacles in pursuit of their own personal finish lines. The sixty-minute program may be tailored to address the theme of the event’s organizer and accommodate various time requirements. Attendees often inquire about Rigsby’s prosthetics, training and accomplishments so we encourage scheduling time at the end of the event for questions. We also provide an overview of the Scott Rigsby Foundation and our mission to inspire, inform and enable the physically challenged to live an active lifestyle.

“NEVER QUIT, NO MATTER WHAT, NO MATTER HOW LONG IT TAKES.”

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