Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah was born with a severely deformed right leg, yet in 2001, he rode the 400 miles across Ghana to bring attention to the plight of the disabled in that country.
The athlete and activist from Ghana will tell his inspirational story at American International College, Thursday, April 18 at 4:00 p. in Courniotes Hall. The public is invited to attend, free of charge.
A world renowned inspirational speaker, his story, "Emmanuel's Gift," touched millions and changed his nation (Ghana) forever. Yeboah will discuss his victory over disability, and a brief reception will follow this inspirational lecture.
In order to make the 400 mile journey, Yeboah applied for a grant of a bicycle from the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF). After completing the cross-country trek in Ghana, the CAF invited him to participate in the 2002 Triathlon Challenge in San Diego, Ca. During the course of Yeboah's visit, doctors from Loma Linda University Medical Center informed him that he was an excellent candidate for a prosthetic leg. Following a successful surgery and six week recovery, Yeboah entered the CAF triathlon, reducing his time by three hours. Yeboah was subsequently awarded the CAF Most Inspirational Athlete of the Year Award and Nike's Casey Martin award.
Yeboah received approximately $50,000 in awards, which he used to open the Emmanuel Education Fund for promising students with disabilities. He is currently working on building schools for children in Ghana, with or without disabilities.