Dick Hoyt of Team Hoyt to Speak at AMC
August 22, 2013

Anna Maria announces that Dick Hoyt, the elder member of Team Hoyt, will speak at the College’s annual fall Academic Convocation scheduled for Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. in AMC’s Fuller Activities Center on its Paxton campus.   Mr. Hoyt will address the theme of this year’s program: overcoming obstacles.

Mr. Hoyt and his son Rick Hoyt are well-known in the Massachusetts community for their 31 appearances as a team in the running of the Boston Marathon.  They became involved in marathons and other athletic activities in response to Rick’s desire for independence and inclusion. Born a non-speaking quadriplegic with cerebral palsy, his mind and spirit sparked his family and others to lend their support to his various aspirations including competing in the Boston Marathon and graduating from Boston University with a degree in special education.

As a team, the Hoyts have competed in over 1100 athletic events in the last 34 years. They have run in 70 marathons, including Boston, and have also competed in 252 triathlons, six of them be­ing Ironman distance events

The senior Mr. Hoyt is a retired Lt. Colonel, having served in the military for 35 years. He travels the country doing corporate and community presentations, educating the public about disability awareness and promoting the Team Hoyt motto, “Yes You Can.”  Through his presentation, Mr. Hoyt shares his lifelong commitment to changing attitudes and educating others on the world of disabilities. He and his family have seen an impact from their efforts in the area of public attitude toward people with disabilities.

The Academic Convocation at Anna Maria College on September 4th featuring Mr. Hoyt is free and open to the public. At the Convocation, Mr. Hoyt will also be available to sign books.  Due to limited seating, reservations are required.  To register please RSVP to eajamian@annamaria.edu.