Delivering a Message of Inspiration

Motivational speaker Rohan Murphy, an American Paralympian wrestler who was born without legs, brought his message of inspiration when he visited Accompsett Middle School on March 4.

Murphy spoke to the eighth-graders about his childhood struggles, wearing prosthetic legs and dreaming of playing sports like every other child. It wasn’t until eighth grade – when the wrestling coach suggested he give the sport a try – when he decided his disability would never hold him back. “Everything changed for me because of that one teacher, the one coach who believed in me,” Murphy said.

Although there were many struggles at first, through his hard work and determination, he eventually made the team in his freshman year at East Islip High School. He continued that hard work throughout his high school years and onto college, where he eventually wrestled for Penn State University.
Murphy became a three-time All-League and two-time All-County wrestler and earned three varsity letters at Penn State. He later founded the inspirational networking community and was a 2011 candidate for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Man and Woman of the Year fundraising campaign.

“Don’t ever let someone tell you that you can’t do something,” Murphy said. “We all have to deal with struggle; if you’re dealt a bad hand, it doesn’t mean you fold.” After the assembly, Murphy met with members of the wrestling team.