Author, Motivator, and Elite Athlete, Bob Bardwell has been encouraging others to become victors rather than victims for more than 20 years. Bob was paralyzed from the waist down in a heavy construction accident in 1973. Since then he has become a premier motivational speaker whose presentation changes lives, inspires and entertains audiences, but his positive outlook and "scars to stars" attitude elevate listeners to new heights.
TWO NATIONAL AWARDS: Major League Baseball and People Magazine chose Bob to receive the coveted 'All Stars Among Us' award. The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) awarded Bob the National Community Service Award resulting in him speaking in Washington DC at the Continental Congress.
HALL OF FAME: Bob was inducted in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
MARATHONS OF LIFE Bob shares his incredible journey in his autobiography called The Marathons of Life. This book is a compelling story of tragedy, faith and courage.
After his accident in 1973, Bob founded and continues to direct a 200-acre youth ranch in Minnesota which serves 24,000 people annually. Bob was the visionary, general contractor and fundraiser behind the $5 million Miracle Lodge which hosts the National Wheelchair Sports and Recreation Camp as well as Operation Welcome Home Retreats for active duty military and their families. Bob's heart for helping others reached to Ghana, West Africa when he sent more than 100 wheelchairs to this poverty ridden country. This act of service was the catalyst that founded the first team of disabled athletes who went on to compete in the Paralympics.
Bob's inspiration comes from the people with whom he associates. Bob, and his wife Jode have four teenage daughters, including triplets.
RECENT SPEAKING OPPORTUNITIES:
United Parcel Service Headquarters - Mpls, MN
University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse, WI.
Mayo Clinic Nursing Conference – Rochester, MN
St. Pauls Lutheran Church – Lewiston, MN
Rochester Diversity Council & City Employees.
Avera McKennan Hospital – Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Rotary Downtown – Rochester, MN
North Heights Lutheran Church – Roseville, MN
National Wrestling Hall of Fame
State FFA Convention Keynote – St Paul, MN
Chalmers Community Church – Chalmers, Indiana
Preformed Two Wedding Ceremonies
New Hope Church – Honolulu, Hawaii
St. Pius Catholic School – St. Paul, MN
119th Continental Congress – Washington, DC
‘All Stars Among Us’ National Award – Major League Baseball
Unity foundation – Alexandria, MN
Minnesota Social Services Conferences – Mora, MN
Dakota County Jail – Hastings, MN
Lighthouse Community Church – Rosemount, MN
United Methodist Church – Otterbein, Indiana
Knutson Construction – Minneapolis, MN
Beltrami County Electrical Cooperative Wellness Conference
LICA – Land Improvement Contractors Association
“Thanks for your support and speaking at our recent meetings. Your message is great and very inspirational to our team and Knutson construction Services. The Feedback we have received from your presentation was fantastic. We will have you back. Keep up the good work in the community” Chris with Knutson Construction.
“Bob, you were the most inspirational speaker that I have ever heard at the Unity Foundation banquet in Alexandria, MN. You had to touch the lives of the couple hundred business men and women with your life and presentation.” John Trisco