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Paralyze Fear. 

Assess your S.E.L.F.

Champion your Choices.

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My Story: 
Finding Purpose Beyond Paralysis

Growing up immersed in sports, I was a three-sport athlete through high school and played Division II football at Winona State University. The dream was to become the starting tight end for the Warriors. However, everything changed on July 10, 2004, when a boating trip with friends left me paralyzed at 19. After a long hospital stay and facing the reality of life in a wheelchair, I had to rediscover my identity. Through faith, love, education, and sports, I found purpose beyond athletics. Today, as a husband, father, rugby player, and counselor, I've learned that life is about choices, and I choose to live with passion and purpose, inspiring others to do the same.



Natalie Tollefson

Gundersen Health System

"Joe was the keynote for Legacy Event. Our expectations were more than met both in Joe’s responsiveness leading up to our event, as well as in the overall message he shared with our guests.  You know it’s a “slam dunk” when guests are jotting down takeaways from his journey that can be applied to their own life post-event!  Joe has a special gift of being truly relatable, surprisingly humorous and very effective at helping to connect the dots between personal circumstance. Just a remarkable night…"



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Paralyzed by Fear? Stuck in the Blame Game? What's your "Wheelchair?" Where is the Opportunity? Joe has first hand experience in tragedy interrupting his life. Learn 4 key ways to find the opportunity in the obstacles we are faced with.


Head Coach. Keynote Speaker. 2x Paralympic Medalist. 8x Captain. What do all these have in common? Joe believes that great leaders have a serve first mentality, and strive to build culture first, and success second. This keynote has 4 key ingredients to creating championship culture. 

Assess your S.E.L.F.

We all go through losing our identity through experiences we probably didn't want to happen. How do we get to the other side? Joe shares stories about identity loss that help us understand the need to keep our S.E.L.F. in check. 

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