Dick Hoyt: Together You Can Do Anything

Rick and Dick Hoyt

News Story: October 1, 2013

Rick Hoyt uses a wheelchair. That has not stopped him from living a very full and amazing life. He, along with his dad, Dick, have formed "Team Hoyt" and they have competed around the world in marathons and triathlons.

The Hoyts have competed in over 1,090 athletic events in the last 34 years. They have run in 70 marathons - including 31 times in the Boston Marathon. They have also competed in 252 triathlons, six of them Ironman distance events.

Dick, 73, is a retired lieutenant colonel, having served in the military for 35 years. Rick, 51, is a graduate of Boston University with a degree in special education. Rick was born in 1962 as a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy and a non-speaking person - but despite these disabilities, Rick's mind and spirit have always been strong. His family supported his quest for independence and inclusion in community, sports, education and the workplace, culminating with his graduation from Boston University.

Dick 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, Dick shares his lifelong commitment to changing attitudes and educating others on the world of disabilities.

This inspirational lecture, sponsored by the award-winning Student Affairs Lecture Series, will take place on Wednesday, October 30, at 7 p.m. in the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts. Call the box office for tickets at 203-371-7908 or click here to purchase online. General public tickets are $15.