Do Your Best, No Excuses!

After noticing both Murphy’s dedication as manager and upper-body strength in gym class, the wrestling coach suggested he compete on the team.  thumbnail136533
After noticing both Murphy’s dedication as manager and upper-body strength in gym class, the wrestling coach suggested he compete on the team.
Rohan demonstrated a number of drills that were part of his training at wrestling camp, including walking on his hands and pyramid pushups.  thumbnail136534
Rohan demonstrated a number of drills that were part of his training at wrestling camp, including walking on his hands and pyramid pushups.
This student volunteered to have Rohan show everyone how he takes his opponents down.  thumbnail136535
This student volunteered to have Rohan show everyone how he takes his opponents down.
Murphy was featured in Nike’s “No Excuses” campaign and continues to spread the message of overcoming adversity and accepting differences.  thumbnail136536
Murphy was featured in Nike’s “No Excuses” campaign and continues to spread the message of overcoming adversity and accepting differences.

Stimson Middle School had the honor of hosting Rohan Murphy to come and speak to our 7th graders last week. Rohan is a motivational speaker who shares his story across the country about his life without legs. After being born with leg deformities, his parents and doctors came to the tough decision to have his legs amputated by the age of 4. With multiple complications that led to much time spent in the hospital, Rohan was homeschooled until the third grade when he entered into the public school system. It was there where his differences became even more apparent.

Rohan has always had a passion for sports and while his situation made it unlikely for him to play, it was in middle school when he was offered to become the manager of the soccer team. After a season of going to games and taking down stats, Rohan felt like he was part of a team. It was during the winter season when the coach of the wrestling team saw how well he had done as manager that he asked Rohan if he could do the same for the school’s wrestling team. Rohan accepted and as the season progressed, the wrestling coach brought up the idea to Rohan about him becoming a wrestler. Rohan, who was apprehensive at first, said he was fine as manager, but it was the coach’s persistence and encouragement that had Rohan on the mats as a freshman in high school. 

“Words can’t express how happy I was,” Rohan shared as he thought back to his time as a 13 year old joining the wrestling team. “Words couldn’t express how blessed I felt to finally be playing a sport.” Rohan went on to compete and always looked for ways to be better than before. He enrolled in an intensive wrestling camp at the University of Minnesota where he trained with UFC fighter Brock Lesner and started to grasp how discipline and hard work would take him to the next level he so desired. He set goals for himself and went on to wrestle for Penn State University where he became a true example of someone who persevered through skepticism and adversity. 

“What if I could somehow overcome this?” Rohan would say to himself, “What if I could somehow, despite all this, become successful not only in wrestling, but in school and life itself?” Rohan’s motto that he shares with our youth is that there can be no excuses as you work to be great and do your personal best. Along the way, Rohan experienced skepticism from others who didn’t believe he could match up to his able-bodied competitors. Rohan strived to prove otherwise. He wanted to get the most out of life without letting his circumstances change that. He surpassed his goals of playing on a sports team and earning a degree from a large university. He was able to go even further beyond the goals he set for himself, and today, shares that message of resilience in schools across the country.

Thank you so much Rohan Murphy for coming to Stimson and sharing your incredible journey!