Roger Crawford

Attitude Overcomes Adversity

Crawford, Roger

Attitude Overcomes Adversity
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About Roger Crawford

Before Roger Crawford inspired others as a best selling author and Hall of Fame speaker on Center Stage, he achieved phenomenal success on Center Court—despite a physical challenge.

Although born with ectrodactylism, a rare birth defect, Roger not only became the only athlete with four impaired limbs to compete in a NCAA Division I sport, he also became a Hall of Fame Division I athlete. His compelling story of how he became a tennis champion communicates and demonstrates the power of an “I Can!” attitude to redefine the possible!

Sports Illustrated has recognized Roger as “one of the most accomplished physically challenged athletes in the world,” and in 2013 he was selected as the winner of the ITA Achievement Award, presented by The International Tennis Hall of Fame. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

After achieving immense success as a Hall of Fame athlete, Roger went on to inspire audiences worldwide, eloquently sharing the principles he has lived—perseverance, unshakable optimism, and overcoming adversity. His remarkable life story is a powerful example that “Challenges are inevitable, defeat is optional!”

Roger has been inducted into the National Speakers Association Hall of Fame in recognition of his highly successful speaking career spanning two decades. As a member of the Hall of Fame for People with Disabilities, he shares this prestigious distinction with fellow honorees such as Christopher Reeves, Helen Keller and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Roger has been featured on Larry King Live, Good Morning America, CNBC, and many other prominent television programs. His life was the basis for an Emmy award winning movie entitled In a New Light. The print media has also acknowledged his amazing accomplishments and profiled him in publications such as, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Men’s Fitness, Fast Company, and Tennis Magazine. You may have read about Roger’s football exploits in the original Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Roger is a best selling author whose books have been translated into seventeen different languages. His most recent book, Think Again! Discover the Possibilities in Plain Sight, helps readers tap into their creative potential and reach new heights of inspiration and performance.

How High Can You Bounce

Capture the Possibilities of Change

Have you ever heard someone say, “I’ll be a lot more optimistic when things get back to normal.”? The truth is, what may have been successful yesterday may not be successful tomorrow. This powerful program teaches the attitudes and actions needed to bounce forward, equipped to conquer change and triumph over trials. Learn to bounce to new heights and achieve extraordinary results.

Playing From The Heart

Turn Adversity Into Possibility!

Most handicaps that prohibit us from reaching our potential are not seen, often they are self-imposed. These disabling limitations are frequently the negative beliefs held by an individual or an organization about their abilities and possibilities. This dynamic program provides the inspiration and strategies needed to blast through these perceived barriers with the strength of purpose, perspective, and perseverance.

Think Again

Discover Possibilities Hidden In Plain Sight

What is the difference between those who realize great possibilities and others who achieve mediocrity? Is it a matter of time, natural talent, or years of training? In this groundbreaking keynote presentation, audiences discover their most powerful resource is not simply aptitude or ability, but their chosen attitude towards aptitude and ability that create possibilities. The most successful people and organizations think again or think differently from those less successful. Much too often, we believe we are incapable of making the necessary change in our thinking and therefore are unable to achieve the success we really desire. Everyone encounters circumstances that are uncontrollable and unchangeable, but we can learn to control and change our mindset. When you put the Think Again! skills into practice, your productivity increases, performance is enhanced and new possibilities emerge!


“Thank you for the heartfelt contribution you made to our kickoff Saturday. Our gathering was more meaningful and successful as a result of your participation. Your message is timeless, and your presentation is Top Shelf! Roger Crawford is a rock star!”
– Jim Johnston, President, Placer Title

“Yesterday’s presentation was GREAT!!! The feedback has been exceptional, and people have come up to me and said, ‘Roger Crawford was the best one yet.’”
– David Glasso, President, Wells Fargo—Northern California

“I cannot thank you sincerely enough for the spectacular job that you did last night speaking at our Business Line Expo. You TRULY did a great job of making it personal to US Bank!”
– Janet Percevic Rollofson, VP/Wealth Management Consultant,Private Client Reserve,US Bank

“I have received numerous notes on how much they enjoyed your message. I enjoyed getting home and telling my wife about your energy, passion, skills, message, etc., and she read half your book the first night.”
– David Werning, President John Deere Landscapes

“First, I want to tell you what an absolute delight it was to meet you, and to have you as part of our “family” last week during our Cruise Holidays annual convention. You were a true inspiration to us all and the best speaker we have had at our annual meeting!”
– Tom Baumann, President, Travel Leaders Leisure Group

“Your presentation was great. You made me look good. We have received lots of positive feedback. I was going to say, ‘You hit it out of the park’, but on second thought, ‘It was a grand slam!’”
– Leonard MacKinnon, Director of Marketing Coldwell Banker