Inspiration from the Hoyt family

Considering that yesterday was Father’s Day in the US, it seems fitting to dedicate another entry to the Hoyt family. I’ve posted a few related videos in the past, but that doesn’t make the video below any less inspiring.

If you are not familiar with Dick and Rick Hoyt, here is a quick summary from Wikipedia:

Team Hoyt is a father (Dick Hoyt, born June 1, 1940) and son (Rick Hoyt, born January 10, 1962) team from Holland, Massachusetts who have competed together in various athletic endeavors, including marathons and triathlons. Rick has cerebral palsy and during competition Dick pulls Rick in a special boat as they swim, carries him in a special seat in the front of a bicycle, and pushes him in a special wheelchair as they run.

You can learn more about their efforts at the link below:

http://www.teamhoyt.com/

As a father to two amazing kids, I can’t express how powerful the Hoyt story is to me. It doesn’t matter how many times I watch it, it is never any less emotional. Hats off to the Hoyt family for their powerful example. We can all learn from them.

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8 comments:

  1. While the efforts of the super paid sports stars are commendable and they inspire millions of people, the sheer guts and determination of people like this is absolutely unbelievable.

    Truly inspirational.

  2. That guy is an awesome parent. I second drew’s comment . to me that guy is way more amazing than a sports star because his motivation isnt money or fame. its to do his best to make his son happy.

  3. This is such an awsome story! I wish more people had that kind of ambition! I’m a personal trainer in CT and see people everyday that whine and complain about how hard a set of 12 can be, but look at this family, they’re so inspiring and motivating! I’m going to direct some members to this article! Thanks so much for the insight! Feel free to check out our website http://www.horizonpt.com anytime! Thanks again!

  4. Rick…. i just cried
    And that’s coming from someone who doesn’t get emotional easily. I have an aunty with multiple sclerosis and wish she had lived half the life that rick got to live. No offense to my grandpa at all, but if only she could have seen the things he has seen and experienced the things he has experienced. First time i’ve found this blog and it is truly inspirational, definately going to the top of my favourites.

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