Inspirational Athlete Chris Waddell, Visits Plainville Community Schools
Posted on 01/08/2020
Chris Waddell Presenting at Wheeler Elementary

Inspirational Athlete Chris Waddell, founder of the One Revolution Foundation,  recently 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, where he shared his story and focus on the belief that  “It’s not what happens to you. It’s what you do with what happens to you.”  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 US Ski and Snowboard Association and the Paralympics. He began to ski race at age six and was competing for Middlebury College when his ski popped off in the middle of a turn. The resulting fall left him paralyzed from the waist down, but he started to monoski less than a year later and soon became the fastest in the world. The Dalai Lama honored him as an “Unsung Hero of Compassion,” Skiing Magazine put him on their list of 25 Greatest Skiers in North America and People Magazine named him one of “The 50 Most Beautiful People.” Last month, Chris was inducted into the US Olympic and Paralympic Hall of Fame.