Steve Emt knows what it takes to overcome adversity. He had it all; the popular kid in high school, the All-American athlete, the West Point Cadet and the UConn Basketball player…he was invincible. Or so he thought. At the age of 25, his life took a dramatic turn when a drunk driving crash changed him forever. After hours of surgery and days in a coma, he woke up to learn that he was paralyzed from the waist down and would never walk again. Confined to a wheelchair, Steve was faced with the challenge of learning how to live again.
He was also faced with a decision. Lose the battle to his disability, or accept what had happened and realize that he needed to lead a life of educating and impacting others. He chose the latter…nothing was going to hold him back.
After 17 years of experimenting with many different adaptive sports, Steve was introduced to the sport of curling. He earned a position on Team USA in the Winter of 2014 and has remained with the team ever since. To date, Steve is a 9-time U.S. National Champion, has competed in 5 World Championships and two Paralympic Games.
Since that unfortunate evening of his crash, Steve’s mission is to educate and empower his audiences to prevent any one of them from having to go through the life-altering circumstances that he had to. His passionate and real-life presentation impacts all who are fortunate to hear it.
“Life is going to happen…unfortunate events are inevitable. Empowering my audiences to make good decisions and overcome life’s adversities is the passion that drives me to share my presentation with individuals everywhere.”
– Steve Emt