I learn from their parenting method, attitude, and journey.
I have a great group of mom friends that keep me going. I always love meeting new moms so I can continue to grow.
As an athlete, my son is inspired by other athletes.
He knows all about the greatness of Kobe, Tiger, and Favre. He’s always studying other athletes so he can perfect his game.
Recently Mo and I were watching the 2011 ESPN ESPY Awards. Both of us were brought to tears for different reasons as Anthony Robles accepted the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance. This award is given to someone who has overcome great obstacles with physical perseverance and determination.
Anthony Robles was born without a right leg, but that did not stop him from becoming a NCAA Division 1 Championship Wrestler. During his wrestling career at Arizona State University, he was a three-time NCAA All-American. He completed his senior season with a perfect 36-0 record and won the 125-pound Championship at the 2011 NCAA Wrestling Tournament with a convincing 7-1 victory over defending champ Matt McDonough of the University of Iowa.
Anthony’s battle was not just being born without a leg, he faced many emotional fights and hardships in his life. His story unfolds as a true Lifetime Movie.
One of the most impressive things about him is his positive spirit. His optimism is contagious, his smile gigantic, and his courage undeniable.
I have never heard a speech so uplifting and inspiring. Whenever I see such an amazing young person, I immediately think it’s a direct reflection of his upbringing. His case is no different. He talked about his mother’s strength, encouragement, and love in his speech. I was so moved by Judy Robles’ commitment to her son.
Please take a minute to watch and read his acceptance speech. You will definitely want to share this with your kids as well.
Much continued success to Anthony Robles. You are such an inspiration for kids and adults. Continue to be great.
All I can do is bow down to Judy Robles. We all strive to love our children unconditionally and guide them towards adulthood.
Well done Ms. Robles. Well done.
“Thank You…Thank You…Thank You Very Much, it’s an honor to be here. The reason most of us are here tonight isn’t because of what we’ve accomplished, it’s because of the sacrifices and encouragement that certain people have given us at critical times in our lives. And you just saw who sacrificed for me, and encouraged me, and that was my Mom, Judy Robles. When I was born, my birth Dad immediately bailed, I was born with one leg and my Mom could have walked away and just given me up for adoption, but she didn’t. She taught me to never let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do and she didn’t protect me from pain and failure because she knew it would make me stronger. Even when my Mom got sick at the beginning of my sophomore year in college, and my Stepdad walked out on the family and we lost our home and I wanted to quit wrestling and get a job to help pay the bills, my Mom refused to let any of us give up. And here I am today, National Champion.
I must also thank Arizona State University Sun Devils for giving me one of the finest educations in the World and my friend Chris Freije and my High School Coach Bobby Williams who took me under their wrestling wings to push me every step of the way. And now, as I go forward with so much more to do, this is my message:
Every soul who comes to Earth with a leg or two at birth must wrestle his opponents knowing it’s not what is, it’s what can be that measures worth. Make it hard, just make it possible and through pain, I’ll not complain. My spirit is unconquerable. Fearless I will face each foe, for I know I am capable. I don’t care what’s probable, through blood, sweat and tears, I am UNSTOPPABLE. Thank You.”