Guest speaker shares message of perseverance with students

Guest speaker shares message of perseverance with students

Chris Waddell, founder of the One Revolution Foundation, visited Plainville Community Schools to share his heroic life story with students. He was a guest speaker at Frank T. Wheeler Elementary School, Linden Street School, Louis Toffolon Elementary School and the Middle School of Plainville.

Waddell was the first “nearly unassisted” paraplegic to summit 19,340-foot Mt. Kilimanjaro in a hand cycle. A 13-time Paralympic medalist, he is also a Hall of Famer for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association and the Paralympics.

The Dalai Lama honored Waddell as an “Unsung Hero of Compassion,” Skiing Magazine put him on its list of the 25 Greatest Skiers in North America and People Magazine named him one of “The 50 Most Beautiful People.”

Waddell began to ski race at age 6 and was competing for Middlebury College when he lost a ski in the middle of a turn. The resulting fall left him paralyzed from the waist down.

He began to monoski less than a year later and soon became the fastest in the world.

In Plainville, Waddell shared his story and belief that “It’s not what happens to you. It’s what you do with what happens to you.”

-- Press Release