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Former athlete, Roger Crawford has been teaching audiences all around the world how to achieve the impossible and redefine what’s possible through his personal success story as an NCAA Division 1 tennis player with four impaired limbs. Hailed by Sports Illustrated as “one of the most accomplished physically challenged athletes in the world” Roger embodies an “I can” attitude.

Born with a rare birth defect, Roger’s doctor told his parents that he would never be able to walk or take care of himself; luckily, his parents didn’t believe that. Instead, Roger’s dad taught him to play sports from a young age. After accidently getting his finger wedged into a tennis racket in a sports shop, Roger took up tennis, practicing five days per week after school everyday until he eventually started winning matches. By the end of his college career he had won 66% of his games. In 2013 he received the ITA Achievement Award, the highest honor bestowed by the International Tennis Association.

For over two decades, Roger has been inspiring people around the world to learn what they can do and do it with passion. He speaks in front of 75 to 100 groups per year. In addition to reaching out to people in person, his story has touched people through print and film, having been featured in the original Chicken Soup for the Soul anthology and the Emmy award-winning movie A New Light.

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      Before Roger Crawford inspired others on Center Stage he achieved phenomenal success on Center Court.

Sports Illustrated

      has recognized Roger as “one of the most accomplished physically challenged athletes in the world.” He has lived out the principles of perseverance, unshakable optimism, and overcoming adversity and eloquently communicates with audiences today. Roger′s remarkable life story is a powerful example that . . .

“Challenges are inevitable, defeat is optional!”

He has been featured on Larry King Live, Good Morning America, CNBC, and many other prominent television programs. Roger′s 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 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 Crawford knows about determination, optimism and defying the odds because he has lived it. His compelling story of becoming an NCAA Division I tennis champion communicates and demonstrates that adversity can be an inspirational, dynamic, and useful tool in our lives. Roger′s life experience taught him, that achievement does not happen by averting challenges it is in embracing the inevitability of problems and becoming proficient at overcoming them.


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Roger Crawford talks about how playing tennis taught him the difference between fear and anxiety, explaining that fear is linked to real circumstances while anxiety is connected to our imagination. “Fight or flight response is a good example of how fear actually keeps us out of harm’s way. If we’re going to change what’s possible, achieve the impossible, we’re going to face a bit of fear. Fear’s tied to something real,” Roger illustrates. “But anxiety is what holds us back. The definition of anxiety is the anticipation of a negative event, whether it occurs or not.”

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“The only difference between you and me is that you can see my handicap, but I can't see yours. We all have them.” For three decades now Roger Crawford has been transforming lives by teaching people to focus on their abilities rather than their disabilities. Thousands of organizations have benefitted from Roger’s heartfelt and humorous take on how we can reinvent our way of thinking and reach greater heights than we ever thought possible.

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.

With these proven success principles, it doesn′t mean you won′t get knocked down, but it does mean you won′t get knocked out!

  • Discover there is no limit to how high you can bounce!
  • Learn to bounce forward despite the obstacles.
  • Dispel the myth of predictability to become a change-ready peak performer.
  • Dramatically improve your personal bounce-factor to catapult above and beyond your competition.
  • Be equipped to prevail when you fail.
  • Discover the secrets of resilient leadership.

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.

Audiences are equipped with a new tools and ways of thinking to unleash untapped possibility in your organization.

  • Playing From The Heart will touch your heart in a profound way!
  • Break through self-limiting thinking to discover you possibility potential.
  • Discover how clarity of possibility will increase enthusiasm, efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Learn how choice not chance determines content and quality of thought.
  • Distinguish between fear and anxiety.
  • Reshape the vision of what is possible.

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!

Some actionable ideas your organization can use to establish a competitive advantage are…

  • Learn the language that leads to discovering new possibilities
  • Dispel the familiar myth that talk is cheap
  • Find the remote to utilize your personal mental TiVo
  • Identify and develop your unique possibility zone
  • Increase your productivity as you concentrate on what you procrastinate
  • Cultivate the thinking patterns needed to meet peak performance demands

Our ability to Think Again! and discover what is truly possible can be our greatest asset!



Roger Crawford Speaker Testimonials Back to top

    • Aetna
    • General Mills
    • Siemens Information Systems
    • American Airlines
    • Hewlett-Packard
    • Society of Incentive Travel Executives
    • Blue Cross-Blue Shield
    • IBM
    • Telephone Pioneers of America
    • Browning-Ferris
    • Kraft General Foods
    • Chevrolet
    • McDonnell-Douglas
    • Okidata
    • Xerox
    • Coldwell Banker
    • Million Dollar Round Table
    • State Farm
    • Citibank
    • National Security Agency
    • Travelers Insurance
    • Conoco Oil
    • NBC
    • Union Carbide
    • Credit Union National Assn.
    • Prudential
    • 3M Corporation
    • Pillsbury
    • Kraft Foods
    • General Instruments
    • Digital Equipment
    • United Van Lines
    • Unitog
    • Bristol Myers Squibb
    • Allstate
    • Travelers Insurance
    • Jostens
    • Amway
    • Northrup
    • Wilson Racquet Sports
    • Boise Cascade
    • Internat′l Assn. of Fitness Professionals
    • Netcom
    • Institute of Management Accountants
    • Thrifty Nickel Want Ads
    • Nat′l Assn. of Chain Drug Stores
    • In-N-Out Burger
    • Nat′l Sash & Door Jobbers Assn.
    • Nat′l Business Education Association
    • Marriott
    • Thermogas
    • National Assn. of Life Underwriters
    • AFLAC
    • Nat′l Assn. of Elementary School Principals
    • Hormel
    • IGA
    • Cushman & Wakefield
    • Institute of Real Estate Management
  • Lucent Technologies
  • A T & T
  • Nat′l Telephone Cooperative Assn.
  • American Assn. of Health Plans
  • Silicon Graphics
  • Equifax
  • Legent
  • Bank of America
  • Wachovia
  • Louisiana Tech University
  • Arizona State University
  • American Optometric Assn.
  • PictureTel
  • Century 21
  • Fairbanks Scales
  • Compucom
  • John Hancock Insurance
  • The Guardian
  • Nat′l Assn. of Credit Management
  • Elkay Manufacturing
  • The Federated
  • Assn. of Housing Management
  • Bell Telephone
  • Mortgage Bankers Assn. of America
  • ICG Telecom
  • JBA International
  • Pentland Sports Group
  • Petsmart
  • Foodservice Equipment Distributors Assn.

  • Satisfied Clients Are Saying:
    Bristol-Myers Squibb:

    "Thank you for the outstanding presentations you delivered to both groups. You were consistently mentioned by each sales representative that your presentation was the best part of a three-day program!"

    --Barbara F. Sullivan, Director of Training
    Bank of America Arizona:

    "You more than delivered on our expectations. A true measure of your impact on the event, it seemed as if every speaker that followed quoted something you said in their remarks. I also want to thank you for the effort you made to tailor your address to our audience. It was widely noticed and truly helped drive home your core message of optimism and the power of positive thinking."

    --Dave Howell, Vice President
    AT & T Capital Corporation:

    "The feedback from the audience was overwhelmingly positive. I was quite overwhelmed myself when I walked up to the stage to thank you and saw 600 people on their feet applauding with great energy! I can′t think of a better way to end a conference."

    --Jeffrey L. Teucke, Vice President
    The Equitable:

    "The story about your extraordinary life kept all of us in rapt attention, and your delivery really energized us. The standing ovation was a testimony to the power of your message."

    --James M. Benson, President and CEO
    Marriott Hotels:

    "Everyone was very impressed with your wonderful presentation and I think all of us could use about an hour of you at least once a month! Mere words can′t express our appreciation, but I think the standing ovation you received will give you some idea of how everyone felt."

    --Michael S. Lupfer, National Sales Administration
    McDonnell-Douglas:

    "To receive a standing ovation from this crowd is no easy task and to my knowledge has never been done before! Congratulations on a speech that was so well received. Thanks for making my program so professional and entertaining."

    --D. Thomas




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    • Aetna
    • General Mills
    • Siemens Information Systems
    • American Airlines
    • Hewlett-Packard
    • Society of Incentive Travel Executives
    • Blue Cross-Blue Shield
    • IBM
    • Telephone Pioneers of America
    • Browning-Ferris
    • Kraft General Foods
    • Chevrolet
    • McDonnell-Douglas
    • Okidata
    • Xerox
    • Coldwell Banker
    • Million Dollar Round Table
    • State Farm
    • Citibank
    • National Security Agency
    • Travelers Insurance
    • Conoco Oil
    • NBC
    • Union Carbide
    • Credit Union National Assn.
    • Prudential
    • 3M Corporation
    • Pillsbury
    • Kraft Foods
    • General Instruments
    • Digital Equipment
    • United Van Lines
    • Unitog
    • Bristol Myers Squibb
    • Allstate
    • Travelers Insurance
    • Jostens
    • Amway
    • Northrup
    • Wilson Racquet Sports
    • Boise Cascade
    • Internat′l Assn. of Fitness Professionals
    • Netcom
    • Institute of Management Accountants
    • Thrifty Nickel Want Ads
    • Nat′l Assn. of Chain Drug Stores
    • In-N-Out Burger
    • Nat′l Sash & Door Jobbers Assn.
    • Nat′l Business Education Association
    • Marriott
    • Thermogas
    • National Assn. of Life Underwriters
    • AFLAC
    • Nat′l Assn. of Elementary School Principals
    • Hormel
    • IGA
    • Cushman & Wakefield
    • Institute of Real Estate Management
  • Lucent Technologies
  • A T & T
  • Nat′l Telephone Cooperative Assn.
  • American Assn. of Health Plans
  • Silicon Graphics
  • Equifax
  • Legent
  • Bank of America
  • Wachovia
  • Louisiana Tech University
  • Arizona State University
  • American Optometric Assn.
  • PictureTel
  • Century 21
  • Fairbanks Scales
  • Compucom
  • John Hancock Insurance
  • The Guardian
  • Nat′l Assn. of Credit Management
  • Elkay Manufacturing
  • The Federated
  • Assn. of Housing Management
  • Bell Telephone
  • Mortgage Bankers Assn. of America
  • ICG Telecom
  • JBA International
  • Pentland Sports Group
  • Petsmart
  • Foodservice Equipment Distributors Assn.

  • Satisfied Clients Are Saying:
    Bristol-Myers Squibb:

    "Thank you for the outstanding presentations you delivered to both groups. You were consistently mentioned by each sales representative that your presentation was the best part of a three-day program!"

    --Barbara F. Sullivan, Director of Training
    Bank of America Arizona:

    "You more than delivered on our expectations. A true measure of your impact on the event, it seemed as if every speaker that followed quoted something you said in their remarks. I also want to thank you for the effort you made to tailor your address to our audience. It was widely noticed and truly helped drive home your core message of optimism and the power of positive thinking."

    --Dave Howell, Vice President
    AT & T Capital Corporation:

    "The feedback from the audience was overwhelmingly positive. I was quite overwhelmed myself when I walked up to the stage to thank you and saw 600 people on their feet applauding with great energy! I can′t think of a better way to end a conference."

    --Jeffrey L. Teucke, Vice President
    The Equitable:

    "The story about your extraordinary life kept all of us in rapt attention, and your delivery really energized us. The standing ovation was a testimony to the power of your message."

    --James M. Benson, President and CEO
    Marriott Hotels:

    "Everyone was very impressed with your wonderful presentation and I think all of us could use about an hour of you at least once a month! Mere words can′t express our appreciation, but I think the standing ovation you received will give you some idea of how everyone felt."

    --Michael S. Lupfer, National Sales Administration
    McDonnell-Douglas:

    "To receive a standing ovation from this crowd is no easy task and to my knowledge has never been done before! Congratulations on a speech that was so well received. Thanks for making my program so professional and entertaining."

    --D. Thomas


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.

With these proven success principles, it doesn′t mean you won′t get knocked down, but it does mean you won′t get knocked out!

  • Discover there is no limit to how high you can bounce!
  • Learn to bounce forward despite the obstacles.
  • Dispel the myth of predictability to become a change-ready peak performer.
  • Dramatically improve your personal bounce-factor to catapult above and beyond your competition.
  • Be equipped to prevail when you fail.
  • Discover the secrets of resilient leadership.

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.

Audiences are equipped with a new tools and ways of thinking to unleash untapped possibility in your organization.

  • Playing From The Heart will touch your heart in a profound way!
  • Break through self-limiting thinking to discover you possibility potential.
  • Discover how clarity of possibility will increase enthusiasm, efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Learn how choice not chance determines content and quality of thought.
  • Distinguish between fear and anxiety.
  • Reshape the vision of what is possible.

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!

Some actionable ideas your organization can use to establish a competitive advantage are…

  • Learn the language that leads to discovering new possibilities
  • Dispel the familiar myth that talk is cheap
  • Find the remote to utilize your personal mental TiVo
  • Identify and develop your unique possibility zone
  • Increase your productivity as you concentrate on what you procrastinate
  • Cultivate the thinking patterns needed to meet peak performance demands

Our ability to Think Again! and discover what is truly possible can be our greatest asset!


Demo Video


Roger Crawford talks about how playing tennis taught him the difference between fear and anxiety, explaining that fear is linked to real circumstances while anxiety is connected to our imagination. “Fight or flight response is a good example of how fear actually keeps us out of harm’s way. If we’re going to change what’s possible, achieve the impossible, we’re going to face a bit of fear. Fear’s tied to something real,” Roger illustrates. “But anxiety is what holds us back. The definition of anxiety is the anticipation of a negative event, whether it occurs or not.”

Keynote Speech