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As a result of his mother using the morning sickness drug Thalidomide in the late 1960s, Dave Stevens was born without legs. After being put up for adoption, Stevens was raised by two loving and supportive parents who instilled core values that helped make him the man he is today.
In the years before adaptive sports, Stevens decided to play able bodied sports and became a pioneer in his home state of Arizona. Dave played basketball, floor hockey, volleyball, softball and every sport possible before becoming a three sport varsity athlete at Wickenburg High School in Wickenburg, AZ. He became the first and only three sport letter winner in football, wrestling and baseball. Stevens became a champion wrestler winning several state tournaments. He set state records in baseball for walks in a season (48) and career (146) and these records still stand to this day.
After numerous national articles and a feature appearance on ABC's "That's Incredible", Stevens was awarded a scholarship to Augsburg College in Minnesota. It was here that he became the only legless football player in college football history This led to a tryout with the Dallas Cowboys. His love for baseball never stopped and he continued to pursue his dream of playing professional baseball. After tryouts with the 1984 Olympic baseball team, the Cincinnati Reds and the Minnesota Twins, Stevens secured a three week contract with the St. Paul Saints in 1996. Stevens not only started a game at second base but even pinch hit for former MLB superstar Darryl Strawberry. Dave continues to work out with MLB and minor league teams around the country.
Dave has also enjoyed a 30+ year in television in which he has filled every role possible. From producer to video editor to reporter his early work led to a job at ESPN where he spent 20 years working for the worldwide leader in sports securing seven national sports Emmys.
Stevens is also a proud father of 3 boys who have inherited his love for sports. He now spends much of his time as a board member for the Wounded Warrior Amputee Team while also playing for their football team. This team tours around the nation to raise awareness and money for our heroes who served our nation. Dave also co-hosts the Celebrity Amputee Golf Classic in Florida and it's 10th anniversary was recently celebrated.
Dave's amazing and uplifting story has taken him around the world, from corporations to colleges, grade schools to arenas. His message is the same: you can do anything in life that you put your mind to, despite the odds. Dave insists he is not a hero, just a boy who had a dream that he fulfilled.
You will be inspired and motivated by his uplifting and very personal story as he shares his "Impossible Dream" come true.
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Some of Dave's Recent Appearances
The Blair Academy, MJ San Diego State University
Tampa Bay Rays (MLB) ESPN
University of Louisiana-Lafayette Wickenburg High School, AZ
Reading Fighting Phils (Minor League Baseball) Montville, NJ
Dallas, TX Miami Dolphins (NFL)
University of New Haven Augsburg College, MN
California Polytechnic State University Montvale, NJ
Philadelphia Soul (Arena Football) WWAFT Super Bowl
Washington, DC San Antonio, TX
National Football Foundation (College Football) Plainville, CT
Arizona State Fire Chiefs Convention Dell Webb Center, Wickenburg, AZ New Britain Rock Cats (Minor League Baseball) Old Dominion University
University of Redlands, CA Worcester State College, MA