Rohan Murphy Visits MS

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Students at Edmund Miles Middle School received words of inspiration when paralympian and motivational speaker Rohan Murphy dropped by to speak to them on Feb. 6.

Murphy was born with a severely deformed lower body and his legs were amputated when he was 4 years old. In the eighth grade, his determination to succeed despite his disabilities became evident to his school’s wrestling coach. After joining the wrestling team at East Islip, Murphy went on to finish his high school career as a three-time All-League and two-time All-County wrestler. After high school, he showed up at tryouts at Penn State and earned a spot on the wrestling squad under coach Troy Sunderland.

Now 31, Murphy has overcome tremendous odds and has been featured in media outlets such as ABC News, Sports Illustrated and 20/20, as well as earning a spot in Nike’s “No Excuses” ad campaign.

Murphy emphasized to students that they should not have any excuses for failing to reach their goals and to keep pushing forward despite difficulties. Murphy dazzled the audience with feats of strength, such as walking back and forth across the stage on his hands, and performing pushups while clapping his hands.

After Murphy’s presentation, students asked questions and took pictures with him. The students learned about perseverance and to never allow others to tell them what they can and cannot accomplish.